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'Very dangerous' inmates break out of Florida prison

Police are searching for two "very dangerous" inmates of a Florida prison who escaped early Monday morning, police said.
Leviticus Taylor, 25, escaped from the Indian River County jail early Monday. Police say he now has cropped hair, and tattoos on his arms.
Leviticus Taylor, 25, escaped from the Indian River County jail early Monday. Police say he now has cropped hair, and tattoos on his arms. Indian River County Sheriff
/ Source: msnbc.com

Police are searching for two "very dangerous" inmates of a Florida prison who escaped early Monday morning, police said.

Officials realized that Rondell Reed and Leviticus Taylor were missing from their shared cell during a routine headcount, shortly before 5 a.m.

The prison immediately went into lockdown and officials later found the inmates' red prison jumpsuits during a search of the jail.

Police believe the pair escaped through a vent in their cell into a maintenance hallway.

"They likely had some type of rod that they used to break the locks off the secured doors in the hallway," said Indian River County Sheriffs Office spokesman Jeff Luther. "They then climbed over the fences around the prison that are topped with razor wire."

Police suspect that the men had outside help with their escape and are considered "very dangerous," although it is not known if they are armed, according to Luther.

Reed, 52, is 5-foot-7 and has gray hair. He was being held at the prison on first degree murder and other charges.

Taylor, 25, has closely cropped hair, according to police, not the dreadlocks as shown in the photo above. He had recently been charged with first degree murder.

Both convicts have multiple tattoos on their arms and bodies, police said. Up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to Reed and Taylor's arrest.