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Bombmaker who escaped from prison back in custody

Las Vegas Metro Police

(LAS VEGAS, NV)– A convicted bombmaker who is serving a life sentence is back in custody after escaping last week.
Porfirio Duarte-Herrera was said to have escaped from the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs on Friday.
According to the report, the inmate used battery acid to compromise the cell’s window and window frame. He then broke through the structure and crawled out.
Despite the inmate not being seen since Friday, the Nevada Department of Corrections says staff members only realized that the inmate was missing during a headcount on Tuesday:
“This morning, my office was informed by the Nevada Department of Corrections that an inmate was reported as missing. My Office later learned that upon further investigation by NDOC the inmate has been missing since early in the weekend. This is unacceptable.
My Office has ordered NDOC to conduct and complete a thorough investigation into this event as quickly as possible. This kind of security lapse cannot be permitted and those responsible will be held accountable.
NDOC continues to work with law enforcement officials in the pursuit of this inmate. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escaped inmate should immediately call 911.”
Authorities also noted that the inmate was able to escape entirely from the jail due to staffing issues:
“The portion of the fence where he went over is located near tower two,” Lunkwitz said. “You’ll be wonderfully surprised to know that, that tower hasn’t been staffed since 2020. The tower, that’s supposed to be watching that part of the fence, all shift – all day long. Until they found out about this yesterday, they had not been staffing this tower, it is a legislatively approved post budgeted for by the legislature.”
Duarte-Herrera is serving a life sentence for a 2007 bombing in the Luxor garage that took the life of 24-year-old Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio.
Duarte-Herrera reportedly built a pipe bomb and targeted Antonio because Antonio was dating his ex-girlfriend.
The bomb was hidden in a coffee cup.