Deputies, police search for 2 escaped inmates
Updated On: Oct 17 2013 08:39:24 PM EDT
Orange County sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers throughout Central Florida are on the lookout for two convicted killers who walked out of the Franklin Correctional Institute, even though they were sentenced to life in prison.
"These individuals are dangerous," said Orange County sheriff's investigator Capt. Angelo Nieves. "We consider them to be armed and very dangerous."
Joseph Jenkins was convicted of killing Roscoe Pugh in 1998. The jury found Jenkins and another man stormed into Pugh's home that he shared with his pregnant wife and five children and shot and killed Pugh.
Jenkins walked out of prison on Sept. 27.
Charles Walker was convicted of killing a man in Washington Park in 1999. He walked out of prison on Oct. 8.
At least one of these men is believed to be in the Orange County area of Central Florida.
It took three weeks for the error to be discovered, investigators say, which gives the two men a three week head start on any investigation.
"It's something we're very concerned about," Nieves said. "We have the resources we want to put into play. We've done that now, but it's three weeks late."
Gov. Rick Scott acknowledges there was a problem that led to their release at an event in Kissimmee on Thursday.
"Right now, we have to deal with this issue," the governor said. "Once we resolve this and apprehend these individuals, then we'll find out what we need to do to make sure it doesn't happen again."
Investigators say this isn't the first incident of forged documents from Orange County being used to get someone out of prison.
The State Attorney's Office told Local 6 Jeffrey Forbes, who was convicted in 2006 of trying to kill an Orange County deputy, also used forged documents to get out of prison this past Spring.
Unlike the current case, he was found out before he was released from prison.
The State Attorney's Office is now investigating what they call an "ongoing threat" and are implementing new safeguards to prevent it from happening again.