South Dakota authorities are searching the Spencer area for a prisoner who escaped from a transport van at a fuel stop at Exit 353 on Interstate 90 Saturday morning.
Oscar Antonio Herrera-Menjivar, 31, was one of 13 prisoners being taken to a Nebraska facility by a private prison-transport van. The van stopped at a fuel station about 2 a.m. Herrerra-Menjivar managed to escape and fled south-southeast.
Herrera-Menjivar is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 140 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He may be wearing a prison orange shirt, or he may be wearing a blue T-shirt, shorts and black running shoes, authorities say. He is a native of Mexico. His last known address was Florida.
South Dakota Highway Patrol officials encourage the public not to pick up hitchhikers in the area and to report any suspicious activity. They also advise that the escapee should be considered dangerous.
Initial information indicates Herrera-Menjivar was originally charged with sexual assault of a minor and was being transported from Florida to Nebraska. The private company picked up other prisoners in a route that took the van into Wyoming. The van was returning east on I-90.
Authorities began the search about 3 a.m. Saturday.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, McCook County Sheriff's Office and Hanson County Sheriff's Office are involved in the search.
KSFY News has a crew in McCook County gathering information. We'll pass on new details as we get them.
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