New details emerge on Canyon County Jail break

Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 19:13:37-05

Police are still searching for a man who escaped last Saturday night from the Canyon County Jail.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman says Juan Esteban 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 eighteen 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," Sheriff’s Office 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.

Now, a recently-released court document outlines new details on the escape.

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

According to a probable cause affidavit, about 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 30th, Coronado contacted “ ... Lopez on her cell phone using the Telmate phone system,. Coronado (told) Lopez he is going to leave the facility.” During a second phone conversation about 8:16 p.m., “Lopez advised Coronado that she would help him and they talk(ed) about where they would go,” the document stated.

“There is mention of getting a cutting instrument ... and clothes to him. Lopez admits to knowing that he was going to escape the Canyon County Jail,” the document stated.

Coronado was last seen wearing jail orange shirt and pants.

Officials said he has no immediate family in the area and may be enroute 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.