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Suspects in future escape attempt at Bexar County Jail identified

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SAN ANTONIO -The Bexar County Sheriff's Office confirmed it discovered and prevented what could have been another escape at the Bexar County Jail on Thursday morning.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said Martin Herrera, 28, and Ramon Medellin, 48, were the two suspects planning a future escape from the Bexar County Jail. Herrera plotted this escape for several months, prior to the other escape attempt in early March, Salazar said.

Herrera has been in jail on charges for aggravated promotion of prostitution, compel prostitution and continuous trafficking of a person since Aug. 25, 2017. Medellin was jailed Oct. 10, 2017 for possession of a controlled substance.

Salazar said there were no tools from an outside source being brought in for this attempted escape. Herrera found tools from inside the jail and chipped away at the walls, Salazar said.

"As he was doing so he was finding other tools within the wall namely a piece of rebar,” said Salazar. “We don't believe any exterior tools were brought into the facility."

Authorities believe this was a one-man operation until Medellin found out about the escape and joined in late Wednesday night. Officials have all the tools and suspects in custody in connection to this plot.

"One of the things that we're looking at is periodically moving people for no rhyme or reason just to keep them from getting to comfortable in their environment," said Salazar.

According to a press release, detention officers with the agency's Contraband Abatement Team said they found "breakage" in the outer structure of the jail at about 8 a.m. The BCSO said it foiled an escape attempt before it ever happened.

The jail and the surrounding streets, west of I-35 in the downtown area, remained on lockdown until further notice.

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