US marshals hunt 4 fugitives who escaped from federal prison

Federal and state officials have confirmed that they are searching for four inmates who escaped from a federal prison in Virginia this weekend.

Cory Branch, Tavares Lajuan Graham, Karim Allen Shaw and Lamonte Rashaun Willis were missing from camp at Petersburg Federal Correctional Complex in Hopewell, Virginia, at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, authorities told FOX 5. Officials did not explain how he escaped. Four of the reservation.

Further details of their escape were not immediately released, but an official told NBC12 that the four had “walked away” in the early morning hours. The Bureau of Prisons confirmed in a press release that the four had escaped.

Officials said the US Marshals Service, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been notified of their escape. Investigation is underway.

Branch, 41, of the Eastern District of Virginia was sentenced to more than 13 years for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and a felony for possession of a firearm.

Graham, 44, of the Eastern District of North Carolina was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of base cocaine, and possession of a firearm to further the crime of drug smuggling.

Willis, 30, of the Eastern District of Virginia was sentenced to 18 years in prison for possession, concealment of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Shaw, 46, was sentenced in the Western District of Virginia to more than 16 years for conspiracy to possess the intent to distribute a measurable amount of heroin.

The US Marshals Service said anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the four prisoners should contact them at (804) 545-8501, an official told FOX 5.

This comes weeks after an Alabama prisoner and accused of murder escaped with a prison guard before they were located and found in several states in Indiana. The guard, Vicki White, kills herself during a police chase before the suspect, Casey Cole White, is arrested and extradited to Alabama.

And in early June, police shot and killed a convicted murderer who escaped from a transport bus for high-risk prisoners in Texas.

“The arrest of the suspect Gonzalo Lopez [and] The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said in its update.

Lopez, 46, is believed to be linked to the murders of a Houston family of four minors and an adult. Police said the fugitive stole the family’s truck, a white 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, from a country cabin over the weekend after he allegedly killed the family.

The Associated Press and Laurens Duchamp contributed to this report.

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times based in New York.

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