The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 30, 2013

Inmate faces charges in attempted escape from Snyder County prison

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — A 20-year-old man being held in lieu of $50,000 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl is accused of trying to escape from the Snyder County jail four days before a hearing was scheduled on his request to lower bail.

Vasco D. Vieira-Marques, of 1100 N. Old Trail, went missing inside the 600 Old Colony Road jail for about 15 minutes on July 20 before he was discovered by correction officers hiding under a shelf behind a garbage can near an exit door in the kitchen area, court records said.

Warden Ruth Rush reported the alleged attempted escape to state police at Selinsgrove who filed a third-degree felony criminal attempted escape against Vieira-Marques.

The alleged escape attempt took place four days before Vieira-Marques was scheduled to appear in Snyder County Court with his defense attorney, Lonnie Hill, at a hearing to reduce his $50,000 bail.

He’s been in custody since Jan. 16 when he was arrested on charges of having sexual relations with a young girl and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; statutory sexual assault; aggravated indecent assault; indecent assault and corruption of minors.

District Attorney Michael Piecuch cited a potential conflict of interest for turning the sexual assault case, and later the attempted escape charges, over to the state Attorney General’s Office to prosecute.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 before District Judge John H. Reed in Selinsgrove.