Lucio Rodriguez Barboza

Barboza

Davie County Sheriff’s deputies searched Tuesday for an escaped inmate wanted for kidnapping and rape, but he remained at large through Tuesday night, authorities said.

Lucio Rodriguez Barboza, 49, escaped about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Davie County Sheriff’s Office said. He climbed a fence in an outdoor recreation area.

The Davie County Jail is at 135 Green St. It was not immediately clear if the recreation area Barboza escaped from was at the jail.

Deputies initially concentrated their search for Barboza within a 3-mile radius of the jail, Sheriff J.D. Hartman of Davie County said.

“We have no information that he had any assistance,” Hartman said. “It was an escape of opportunity.”

Barboza is charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape, second-degree forcible sex offense, assault on a female and assault on a government official. He was being held in the jail with his bond set at $1 million.

His last known address is 371 Parker Road in Mocksville, the sheriff’s office said. He’s considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Barboza or his whereabouts is asked to call the Davie County Sheriff’s Office at 336-751-6238 or 336-751-0896.

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Journal reporter John Hinton contributed to this story.

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