Escapee reportedly spotted in OmahaOMAHA, Neb. — A man who escaped from an inmate transit vehicle near Spencer last month has been spotted in Omaha, Neb., according to published reports.
By: Tom Lawrence, The Daily Republic
OMAHA, Neb. — A man who escaped from an inmate transit vehicle near Spencer last month has been spotted in Omaha, Neb., according to published reports.
Oscar Antonio Menjivar-Herrera, 31, was spotted in Omaha around 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the Metro Fugitive Task Force. Menjivar-Herrera is wanted on a first-degree charge of sexual assault of a 14-yearold girl.
He was arrested in Florida on June 25 and, while being returned to Nebraska for trial, escaped from the private transit van on July 14. McCook County Sheriff Mark Norris said a guard on the van fell asleep and when the driver left the vehicle, Menjivar-Herrera escaped.
He was reportedly spotted twice in rural South Dakota in the next few days but authorities called off the search when leads ran dry. Some speculated that he may have died in the extreme heat. But Nebraska officials said he reportedly caught a ride on a freight train back to Omaha, and has been attempting to contact friends for assistance.
They said he appears thin and weak, as if he was without food or water for an extended time. Informants said he was wearing a black ball cap, a dark blue polo shirt, medium-tint blue jeans and dark tennis shoes.
Menjivar-Herrera is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.