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HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) – A prisoner has escaped from the Dade Correctional Institution, said Florida Department of Corrections officials Friday night.

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Inmate Ronald McCoy, 39, was not accounted for after a routine inmate count Friday afternoon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is working with local law enforcement officials to put all resources together to find McCoy.

A helicopter was up in the air over the Florida City area Friday night as officials set up a perimeter.

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Roads were blocked at SW 376th Street and 192nd Avenue next to the Dade Correctional Institution.

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“My mom got paranoid,” said one resident who did not want to provide a name.  “Somebody from the prison got out I told her and she’s like no they didn’t and I said yes they did because they were stationed all along the road and they are walking so I said somebody escaped from the prison.”

McCoy is in prison on numerous counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and assault dating back to the 1990s according to Florida prison records. He is serving a life sentence.

If you have information about McCoy, call 911.

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