Homestead - South Dade

Escaped prisoner found and taken into custody

Homestead police released surveillance images of Marv Hubbard, 40, who detectives say escaped from custody Wednesday.
Homestead police released surveillance images of Marv Hubbard, 40, who detectives say escaped from custody Wednesday.

UPDATE:  Prison escapee Marv Hubbard as been located and taken into custody, according to the Homestead Police Department. Hubbard was found sitting at a gas station on the corner of U.S. 1 and Southwest 200th Street.

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A prisoner assigned to a minimum security work detail at a Homestead food bank escaped from state custody Wednesday afternoon setting off a massive search by land and air.

Homestead police set up a command post at Southwest 312th Street and 147th Avenue as they searched the surrounding area for Marv Hubbard, 40. K-9s from several departments as well as helicopters were used in the hours-long search that locked down schools and blocked people from going home.

Hubbard, 6-1, 177 pounds, did five months for driving without a license in 2003-04. He began a 20-year sentence for burglary to occupied residence in August 2007, and, nine years later, was assigned to a community work detail.

He left his detail at Homestead’s Farm Share without authorization around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Fernando Morales, a spokesman for Homestead police, said Hubbard managed to take off his Department of Corrections shirt and pants and escape in a white T-shirt, blue shorts and a blue baseball cap. He hopped a fence and took off, surveillance cameras showed.

According to the Department of Corrections, inmates granted that privilege “have minimal time left on their sentence, are minimum or community custody inmate and have a history of good behavior while incarcerated.”

The physical search ended about 11 p.m. Wednesday, but Morales said detectives will work over night to follow leads and find Hubbard.

Morales said Hubbard now faces a felony charge of escape.

“We really need to find this guy,” he said. “We don’t know what he is capable of.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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