UPDATE: Arrest warrant issued, search active for murder suspect who escaped Sunland Center

Chief Hayes Baggett says his department has been actively searching for Luis Fernando...
Chief Hayes Baggett says his department has been actively searching for Luis Fernando Ortiz-Rivera since 7:30 a.m. Friday.(Marianna Police Department)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 1:54 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Marianna Police Department says it now has an arrest warrant for the murder suspect who escaped the Sunland Center on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

MPD says Luis Fernando Ortiz-Rivera’s whereabouts are still unknown. The arrest warrant charged Ortiz-Rivera with escaping a court-ordered program. Additionally, the circuit court judge in Broward County also signed an arrest warrant for Ortiz-Rivera’s original murder charge, the crime for which he was placed at Sunland in the first place, the press release says.

MPD says if you see Ortiz-Rivera, contact the nearest law enforcement agency.

“Do not approach Luis Fernando Ortiz-Rivera as he has the potential to be dangerous,” MPD’s release says.

Investigators are actively following leads in this case for Ortiz-Rivera’s capture.

The Sunland Center is operated by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, or APD. A spokesperson for this state agency said APD was seeking to have Ortiz-Rivera returned to a more secure placement, with a hearing scheduled for January.

Ortiz-Rivera is a Hispanic man with a full beard, around 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 220 pounds, according to police. MPD does not have a description of his clothing at this time.

You can read WCTV’s original story on the escape at this link.

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