A 21-year-old inmate ran from the Community Corrections Center-Omaha and removed his electronic monitoring device, according to the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

About 6:30 p.m. Monday, Charles Castillo-Hernandez escaped from the facility, located just south of Eppley Airfield, the agency said in a release. Staff followed Castillo-Hernandez until he jumped a fence near the perimeter of the facility.

Omaha police searched the area but could not find him.

Castillo-Hernandez is 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call local authorities or the Nebraska State Patrol.

He is serving a sentence of five to nine years for use of a firearm to commit a felony. He started his sentence on Oct. 17, 2016, and is eligible for parole in July.

Community custody is the least-restrictive custody level and facility. Inmates are allowed to work outside the facility, go to school and attend church services with approval and without direct supervision.

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Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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