BONHAM, Texas — Authorities in Fannin County have launched an intensive search for two inmates who broke out of the county jail in Bonham on Saturday night. The facility, located over 70 miles northeast of Dallas, became the center of a dramatic escape that has prompted a region-wide alert.
The escapees, identified as Raymond Ross and Ramon Perez, were last seen on surveillance footage fleeing into the woods shortly after 9 p.m. They were wearing gray sweatpants during their escape, according to the Fannin County Office of Emergency Management.
Ross was being held for multiple charges, including evading arrest with a motor vehicle, drug possession, and possession of a firearm as a felon. Perez was in custody facing charges for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Authorities have urged the public not to approach these individuals as they are considered dangerous. While deputies currently do not believe the men are armed, caution is advised. The public is asked to immediately contact the Fannin County Sheriff's Office at (903) 583-2143 or call 911 if they spot either of the felons.
The jailbreak occurred at the Fannin County jail's South Annex on County Road 4200 in Bonham. The escape is now under investigation. Speculations have arisen regarding the possible involvement of an inmate's girlfriend, who currently has warrants out for her arrest. The Fannin County Sheriff's Office said they release her name soon, but have released her picture to the public.
Fannin County, located in northeast Texas with Bonham as its county seat, lies between Dennison to the west and Paris to the east on US 82.
The Fannin County Sheriff's Office has reiterated its warning to the public: do not approach the escapees and report any sightings immediately. As the search intensifies, residents are asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.