Sheriff: No let-up in search for escapees
Sheriff BJ Barnes disputed reports in other media outlets Thursday that his office has suspended or significantly scaled back the search for two inmates who escaped from the jail in High Point three weeks ago.
Jose Alberto Hernandez-Hernandez and Jose Idel Sid escaped March 16. Initially, a team of deputies was involved in the search.
Barnes told The High Point Enterprise Thursday afternoon that “we have not scaled back. We are still looking and we will have all intentions of looking until they are found.”
Barnes acknowledged that not as many personnel are involved in the search as when the two men escaped.
“But we still have officers following up on leads, we still have officers looking across the county and throughout the nation through different task forces,” Barnes said.
The search for the escapees also is being helped through the National Crime Information Center, Barnes said. The center is a computerized index of criminal justice information available to federal, state and local law enforcement.
Hernandez-Hernandez, 35, was in custody on charges of first-degree sex offense with a child and six counts of indecent liberties with a child. Sid, 36, also known by the alias Jose Joaquin-Del Cid Sosa, was being held on an immigration charge.
The two men shared a cell at the High Point detention center. They escaped by popping out rivets and removing a sheet of metal covering the cell, then scaling down the building.