Jailer Arrested in Connection With East Texas Jail Break

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Nacogdoches County sheriff says that a jailer was arrested Wednesday for helping in the escape of 3 inmates from the county jail this week.

Twenty-4-year-old Hector Naveja was in jail on a charge of facilitating an escape. Bond has not been set. It was unclear whether Navejar had an attorney.

Navejar, who has been fired, will be arraigned Thursday morning. He is not believed to be related to the inmates.

Sheriff Thomas Kerss tells Houston television station KRIV "We believe that Navejar knew that the inmates were not in the jail for several hours and made no effort to report the escaped inmates. Navejar made false and misleading statements indicating the inmates were in the jail when they were not."

The escapees from Tuesday have been identified as 24-year-old Marcuese Eugene Tyler of Lufkin; 32-year-old Jose Guillermo Portillo of Russellville, Arkansas; and 20-year-old Antonio Martinez of Nacogdoches.

Authorities say that Martinez had been arrested in connection with the November street racing deaths of 3 people. Tyler was jailed on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, evading arrest and probation violations. Records show Portillo had been charged with possession of a controlled substance.