Crowley Building Reopens, Search Continues for Escaped Inmate

Inmate still missing after slipping away Thursday

By Ben Russell
|  Monday, Mar 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:40 PM CDT
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The Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas reopened Monday after a flood that allowed an inmate to escape last week.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

The Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas reopened Monday after a flood that allowed an inmate to escape last week.

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Hundreds of people are headed back to work Monday morning at the Frank Crowley Courts Building, but the search continues for one young man who isn't there.

A pipe in the sprinkler system broke last Thursday, flooding the first floor with three inches of water.  One of the inmates who was tasked with cleanup duty, 17-year-old Juan Ramires, walked out of the building during the confusion and has not yet been captured.

Ramires had been arrested for lying to Dallas police and presenting false identification while officers were questioning him during the search for a reported suspicious person.

The Crowley building had been closed since the pipe break, so that crews could clean up and dry out the affected areas.

The water shut down the elevators and the escalators, as well as the fire alarm and sprinkler system.
 

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