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Inmate escapes downtown L.A. Twin Towers jail

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Authorities were searching Thursday for an L.A. County jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was being sought after escaping from jail on Wednesday. He walked out of the release area in the jail about 10 p.m. after staff apparently failed to follow security practices, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mike Parker said, according to KTLA-TV.

Brown, who was sentenced Wednesday to four years, eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape, Parker said.

Sheriff’s officials alerted media and the public to the search at about noon Thursday. Parker described Brown as a “transient.”

Brown was being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility when he escaped, according to online inmate records.

He had been sentenced in Alhambra Superior Court for a computer theft that compromised hundreds of thousands of patients’ data, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

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