Says women are 'hysterical'

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

SAN DIEGO - An aunt of two women who were kidnapped and sexually assaulted in July 2006 is concerned that the convicted felon will return and hurt them after he escaped from the Jim Hogg County jail Wednesday about midnight and remained at-large this morning.

"I'm very concerned about it because what else is he going to do?" said the aunt, who did not want to be identified.

"I just finished talking to my niece and she is hysterical, she's scared and she doesn't want to go anywhere."

The aunt said she talked to law enforcement Wednesday to patrol and keep an eye on her niece and her daughter, who were victims of rape.

According to officials, Abel Morin Jr. escaped from Jim Hogg County deputies as he was being booked and transferred to a cell.

As of Thursday morning, Morin was still at-large, Jim Hogg officials said.

Morin was found guilty in November 2006 of two counts of sexual assault, one count of aggravated sexual assault, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of burglary of a habitation in the July 22, 2006 incident.

On Monday, Morin was sentenced to serve five life sentences concurrently and in the early morning Wednesday he escaped from custody.

The 2006 rape occurred in San Diego on Schaffer Street. Morin lived across the street from the mother and daughter, who were attacked, tied up and raped by Morin.

The aunt said she hopes Morin is caught before someone else gets hurt.

"I just hope that he doesn't do any harm to anybody," the aunt said. "I would hate for anybody to go through what my niece went through."