Luxor suicide bomber escapes from Las Vegas prison where he was serving a life sentence


RENO – The search for an escaped Nevada prisoner convicted of murder in the 2007 Luxor bombing in Las Vegas was underway on Wednesday – at least five days since the inmate was last found.

Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, has been missing since Friday night from the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs, a medium-security facility northwest of Las Vegas, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

But prison officials did not notice Duarte-Herrera’s disappearance until a head count at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

At the time of the escape, he was serving a life sentence at the Southern Nevada Jail for his 2009 conviction in Clark County.

Duarte-Herrera is 5-foot-4 and 135 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has no tattoos.

Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, who is serving a life sentence for murder, escaped from the Southern Desert Correctional Center on Tuesday morning.

Authorities said he should be considered dangerous and should not be approached. Instead, anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911.

The NDOC did not release further details about Duarte-Herrera’s escape, including why it took days before prison officials realized he was missing.

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The department said the prison was placed under full lockdown on Tuesday and “escape procedures” were initiated around 8 a.m. after an additional ER count confirmed Duarte-Herrera had left.

Duarte-Herrera’s research has attracted help from local, state and federal law enforcement officials, according to NDOC.

Duarte-Herrera targeted a man dating an ex-girlfriend

Duarte-Herrera and his accomplice, Omar Rueda-Denvers, were convicted of first-degree murder by a Clark County jury in September 2009 for the bombing that killed Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio, a stand worker from casino hot dogs.

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In November, a judge sentenced the couple to life sentences.

Prosecutors said the motive was revenge against Dorantes Antonio, who was dating Rueda-Denvers’ ex-girlfriend.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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