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5 prison guards placed on leave after inmate walked out of prison to eat at Burger King

By Emily Lewis 5:56 AM February 9, 2018
Jerry Mercado

A man managed to walk out of prison from an unlocked door and he went to eat at Burger King, according to police in Connecticut.

25-year-old Jerry Mercado left the Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield and made his way to a Burger King, which is about 3.5 miles away.

A video showed Mercado inside the Burger King in Enfield at 1:00 p.m. A stranger bought food for Mercado and allowed him to use a cell phone, according to court records.

Mercado called his mother and asked her to pick him up, saying that he was released early. At 2:00 p.m., he asked his mother to drive him to his cousin’s home in Hartford.

Mercado stole a firearm and was jailed for 3 years after being convicted of burglary.

He was supposed to be jailed until January of next year.

At some point, the mother became suspicious of her son’s claims that he was released early and she called the prison.

At that time, officials had already realized that he was missing and the prison was placed on lockdown.

It took U.S. Marshals several days before they tracked him down in Canton, Georgia, and detained him.

Mercado was extradited to Connecticut and he was charged with escape in the first degree. His bond was set at $500,000.