Career Criminal Escapes Houston Jail

March 1, 2019
Career Criminal Escapes Houston Jail

HOUSTON, TX – Law enforcement is on the hunt for an inmate who managed to escape the Juvenile Justice Center at 1200 Congress.

Efrain Gutierrez, 38, was last spotted fleeing in a truck just before noon. Police officials report that Gutierrez slipped free of his handcuffs and quickly fled the scene. This was during the morning court session.

Gutierrez was in court to face charges of theft, drug possession, aggregate theft and evading charges. According to Police, his most recent offense is the result of a robbery attempt at Kohls that occurred on Feb. 5.

Erika Jalitt, the co-defendant in the case, told authorities that Gutierrez used a red pickup truck in his getaway from Kohls.

Gutierrez is no stranger to trouble. On his rap sheet, Gutierrez has 20 total convictions for theft, drugs, robbery, evading arrest and the burglary of a vehicle.

A past aggravated theft charge from 2018 credits Gutierrez with having stolen in excess of $10,000 worth of merchandise. This robber occurred at Deerbrook Mall. Included in this haul were exactly 612 pairs of women’s underwear.

In that incident, a loss prevention guard clocked Gutierrez swiping 61 pairs of panties. He plucked them right off a display table, deposited them in a bag and casually walked right out the front door.

Police say that Gutierrez lives in the Humble area. They also urge people who spot the suspect not to approach. They request you to phone Houston Police.

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