A look back at attempted escapes, security improvements at Bexar County Jail

Marvin Raz, 33, attempted to escape through ceiling Sunday

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist, Garrett Brnger - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The Bexar County Jail was placed on lockdown Sunday after an inmate, who was booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Friday, climbed into the ceiling of the jail in an attempt to escape.

Johnny Garcia, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said the inmate, 33-year-old Marvin Andrew Raz, was seen climbing into the ceiling from his cell in the Infirmary Unit around 11:30 a.m.

A detention officer who was conducting scheduled face to face observation of the inmates saw Raz climbing into the ceiling and alerted jail officials.

While the ceiling provides no access to the outside, authorities placed the jail on lockdown and called on the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team to respond.

The inmate was in the ceiling for approximately 10 minutes before members of the SERT team put him into physical restraints.

Raz's attempted escape prompted authorities to put the main jail and jail annex on lockdown until 4:30 p.m.

Garcia said more charges are forthcoming for Raz.

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