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Escaped prisoner suspected in Cambridge bank robbery

James Morales escaped a Rhode Island federal prison on New Year's Eve.

James Morales, who escaped federal prison on New Year's Eve, is a suspect in a CamMassachusetts State Police

Police believe a fugitive who escaped a maximum-security prison in Rhode Island last week tried to rob a bank in Cambridge Thursday morning.

James Morales, a former Army reservist,escaped from the Wyatt Correctional Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island, on New Year’s Eve, state police said. He likely then made his way to Massachusetts.

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A suspect matching Morales descriptionpassed a notedemanding cash to a teller at 9:30 a.m. at a Bank of Americaat 727 Massachusetts Ave., but left empty-handed, according to authorities.

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Cambridge police described the suspect as a 5-foot 10-inch man with a mustache, wearing a black jacket with a gray sweatshirt and a black knit cap.

"While we do not have an identity of the suspect at this point in time, investigators are looking at the possibility that the suspect generally fits the description of escaped federal prisoner James Morales, who fled the Wyatt Detention Center last weekend," Cambridge police said in a statement.

MBTA Red Line trains were held and searched following the robbery, causing delays.

Morales, 35, was in custody on charges that he stole16 guns from a federal armory in Worcesterin 2015.

A round-the-clock state and federal manhunt is underway to capture Morales. Authorities have said he is dangerous and may be armed.

 

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