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Inmate escapes with jail-issued razor

Posted at 10:53 AM, Jan 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 23:23:18-05

CALDWELL -- Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies are still searching for an inmate who escaped Saturday.

On January 30 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Canyon County deputies reported the escape of an inmate, Jose Esteban Coronado.

Coronado fled custody by cutting a hole in the exterior wall of the minimum security housing unit located at 12th at Chicago Street in Caldwell with a jail-issued shaving razor.

The tent-like structure is made two layers of thick plastic-like fabric with 18 inches of insulation in between.

"Razors get issued every night about 7:00 p.m. then they're picked up about 9:00 p.m. every night," Captain Daren Ward said. "So we know what inmates are issued a razor and then they turn them in at the end of the time that they're supposed to have them."

Coronado managed to cut a hole in the building's exterior within that time, and take off.

Authorities have now charged Vilma Lopez with a felony count of assisting in the escape.

Coronado was last seen wearing jail orange shirt and pants. He has no immediate family in the area and may be en-route to the Nampa area where his girlfriend resides.

Coronado is described as a Hispanic male, 6 feet tall and about 220 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair. He was in custody for a No Contact Order violation and U.S. Immigration hold.

Coronado has threatened to “shoot it out” with law enforcement if found. Extreme caution should be used if he is located.

Anyone with information should contact the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office at 208-454-7531.