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Officials say girlfriend helped East Texas inmate escape; both considered armed, dangerous

Houston County, Texas (KETK) – Houston County officials announced Wednesday morning that they are looking for a fugitive and his girlfriend who authorities say helped him escape.

Miguel Alejandro Zuniga, 31, was last seen on camera at the police station Croquette Around 2am, wearing gray pants and a white shirt. He is 5ft 6in tall, has black hair and brown eyes.

Zuniga was able to leave Houston County Jail while serving his felony sentence while serving as the jail’s trustee, officials say. Authorities said Melissa Pearl Ortiz planned to meet him and provide transportation.

Photo courtesy of Houston County Sheriff’s Office

Both are considered armed and dangerous, and people are encouraged to contact law enforcement if they see them.

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