Sheriff’s Deputies and SFPD Searching for Escaped Inmate

An inmate from the county jail escaped custody late Monday and is still at large, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

At about 8:45 p.m. Monday a deputy was escorting inmate Alexander Santiago-Gonzales to the basement of the Hall of Justice to take out the trash, sheriff’s officials said. On the way to the basement garbage dumpster, the inmate fled on Harriet Alley in the direction of Harrison Street, sheriff’s officials said.

The deputy chased the inmate but was not able to apprehend him, according to the sheriff’s department. Other deputies and officers from the San Francisco Police Department have responded to aid in the search, according to the sheriff’s department.

Sheriff’s officials said Santiago-Gonzales was booked into jail in July of 2014 on a U.S. Marshal hold for narcotics trafficking, possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of firearms in narcotics trafficking.

The sheriff’s department has notified U.S. Marshals and law enforcement agencies in surrounding areas and has begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts Santiago-Gonzales is being asked to call (415) 734-3111 or 911.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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