DENVER -- A manhunt is underway for an escaped inmate police consider to be extremely dangerous.
Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, 23, was being held on attempted murder charges when he managed to run from sheriff’s deputies on Monday morning at Denver Health Medical Center.
“It’s scary. Scary,” neighbor Anna Casados said.
“It’s unnerving,” neighbor Jon Teves said.
Investigators said Venzor-Gonzalez had a scheduled medical appointment at Denver Health on Monday morning.
But somehow deputies said he managed to jump a fence near the loading dock of the hospital at 6:30 a.m. and took off running.
It's not known if Venzor-Gonzalez was in handcuffs or ankle restraints.
“That’s part of the investigation," Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman said. "We’re looking into exactly what type of restraints were on him. A lot of that would have to do with any medical conditions."
A SWAT team set up a perimeter in surrounding neighborhoods and went door to door searching for him with their weapons drawn on Monday.
“It’s frightening to think you’re so close to someone that could be life threatening,” Casados said.
Venzor-Gonzalez was in jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a Denver police officer from last year.
Police said Venzor-Gonzalez was injured during a shootout with police. He was tracked to a home in Aurora where he surrendered after a two-day standoff.
“We consider this person, looking at his history, should be considered very dangerous and possibly armed. We don’t want any citizens trying to approach him,” Denver police Cmdr. James Henning said.
Firman said the deputies handling the transport have been temporarily reassigned.
He said that’s not as a result of a disciplinary action but instead to help them decompress from the situation.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents put in a request with the sheriff’s department to be notified when Venzor-Gonzalez would be released.
ICE said it will assist law enforcement in a search if asked.
Venzor-Gonzalez is 5-foot-7 and weighs 140 pounds.
Anyone with information or sees him is asked to call 911.