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Christian County Escaped Inmate Used Fake Name

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Luis Raul Dechoudens Espinal Luis Raul Dechoudens Espinal
(Credit: Kentucky New Era) (Credit: Kentucky New Era)

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. – Police said an inmate booked into the Christian County jail under a false name later climbed a fence to escape from custody.

Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd said Luis Raul Dechoudens Espinal climbed up a basketball goal in the jail's courtyard to gain access to a ledge. From there, he reached a chain link fence surrounding the courtyard and squeezed through a hole to make his escape.

Boyd told The Kentucky New Era it is the first escape since the jail opened in 1994.

Jailers initially booked Dechoudens as 20-year-old Jose Feliciano of Hopkinsville. Jailers discovered the ruse with the name after Clarksville police received a tip and matched Dechoudens' photo to Feliciano.

Dechoudens Espinal has a criminal history in Clarksville, and has escaped from them before. A Clarksville officer told the New Era that Dechoudens Espinal had escaped from their custody by ripping a chain that was wrapped around his leg off of the wall in their criminal investigation division while he was waiting to be booked into the jail for shooting at a barge the Cumberland River in March 2011. He also eluded police another time at apartment complex in the city.

Clarksville Police are now actively searching for Dechoudens Espinal, who has been booked in the Montgomery County Jail on three different occasions. He is wanted on charges of Statutory Rape, Theft, Evading, and Aggravated Burglary. 

Clarksville Police were able to identify Dechoudens Espinal by a tattoo on his neck. They notified Hopkinsville Police of his real name, but somehow the jail did not change his name in their database.

Dechoudens Espinal was arrested under the fake name in Hopkinsville in June while sitting in a stolen car on West First Street while police were investigating a recent string of home burglaries. The paper reported he ran after being questioned, and assaulted a K-9 unit that was searching for him. He apparently kicked the dog in the head.

He was charged with fleeing or evading police, second-degree assault on a service animal, and receiving stolen property.

Anyone who sees Dechoudens Espinal is asked to call 911.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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