A man who escaped jail in South Carolina when he was waiting to be tried on homicide charges may be in the New York City area, the U.S. Marshals service warned Saturday.
Curtis Ray Green, also known as "Ray Ray," escaped a detention facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina -- about an hours drive south of the capital city of Columbia -- on May 19 in what the Orangeburg Times & Democrat described as a complex plot involving several inmates.
The T&D reports that fellow inmates stuffed wadded up tissues in the locking mechanisms of their cell doors, causing them to malfunction and not lock properly.
Meanwhile, another inmate who had asked guards for cleaning supplies used the materials to prop the control room door open, according to the newspaper.
Once the cell doors opened, the T&D reports Green and two other inmates went into the control room, used a guard's own pepper spray on him before beating him unconscious. Then, they "slapped" buttons on the control panel until the entire system blew a fuse and allowed them to escape.
The two other inmates that escaped with Green were later captured in North Carolina.
Green has ties to New York and has often been in the area, sources say.
He could also be in South Carolina, North Carolina or Florida, Marshals said.
Green, who was cuffed after faces additional charges of escape an assault and battery from fleeing the jail, officials said.
A reward of $2,500 is offered for information leading to his arrest.
Green is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs about 160-170 pounds, officials said. He has the name "Monica" tattooed on his neck and two teardrops under his left eye.
Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Marshals at 1-800-336-0102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.