Cesar Sanchez, 37, jumped from a moving van during a transport from a Bridgeview court back to Stateville Correctional Center around 2:15 p.m. Local law enforcement officials from the Will County Sheriff's Department and Lockport Police Department are searching for him near 159th and Farrell. They believe they have found the prison jumpsuit he was wearing. They initially searched a Lockport Walmart, but have moved to the perimeter of the store and homes nearby.
Homer Junior High School in Homer Glen, Illinois, is on lockdown.
Sanchez is handcuffed and wearing a yellow jump suit. He is 5'5", 189 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and two tattoos- one of Virgin Mary and one on his chest of a heart and the name "Latisha." He was wearing handcuffs at the time of his escape, but officials do not know if he is still wearing them.
Sanchez is considered a career criminal, doing time for burglary, robbery, retail theft, car theft, aggravated battery, misuse of credit cards and drug violations.