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Inmate escapes from work detail, schools lockdowns now lifted

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Gilbert Macias, mug shot from Lubbock County S.O. Gilbert Macias, mug shot from Lubbock County S.O.

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)- An inmate is back behind bars after he escaped Tuesday afternoon and led authorities on a nearly hour long man-hunt.

36-year-old Gilbert Macias was captured about an hour after he ran from a Lubbock County Sheriff's inmate work-detail along South Loop 289.

He was working near the South Loop and Indiana, about 1:30 P.M., when his supervisor noticed he was gone.

"He had periodically stopped and pealed off his inmate uniform," said Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe.

A resident in the neighborhood near Gary and the Loop saw the yellow reflector vest in an alley and called 9-1-1.

A K9 unit was brought out to that area, and the dogs led deputies to an alley in the 6700 block of Hartford. That's where they found Macias hiding in a dumpster nearly one hour later.

"We got him in his T-shirt and underwear," said Rowe.

During the incident all nearby schools were notified. LISD advised five elementary schools and one middle school in the area to go into lockdown.

"A lockdown of this nature, the campus is fully secured from anybody entering the building or exiting the building," said LISD Chief of Police Mark Hinshaw.

Later Tuesday afternoon parents received an automated phone message about what happened.

"At no time during this particular incident were any LISD students or staff in any danger," said Hinshaw.

Sheriff Rowe says the working inmate program has been around for two years and never has anything like this happened before.

"Anytime you have a critical incident like this we are going to stop, go back and re-look at everything and we will do a thorough action review of what all took place," said Rowe.

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Department says inmates will not be allowed to do work outside the jail until a full review is done to determine what went wrong.

Macias was originally serving time for two felony theft charges, now he faces an additional charge of escape.  

The Lubbock Sheriff's Office was assisted by multiple agencies in this search.

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