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Search On For Austin Halfway House Escapee

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 06:46 PM CDT

Law enforcement officials are searching for and Austin-area halfway house escapee.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Veronica Sandoval's criminal history started with a theft in 2008.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla says, "Then in 2009, she is picked up by the federal government for smuggling aliens, on that crime she is sentenced to 24 months with three years supervised release. During her terms of probation she committed a robbery in Williamson County."

As a result, she earned an additional 18 months behind bars.

Toward the end of her sentence she moved to the Austin transitional center in Del Valle.

Filla says, "During that time in May of 2014 she signed out at the front desk and didn't return back, so she's considered an escape."

Sandoval, 37, has numerous tattoos. She has a scorpion on her left forearm and the letters H-A-S on her right forearm and tattoos on both legs. She also has the name Samantha on her right shoulder and the name Javier on her neck. She's 5'2" and weighs 225 pounds.

"Veronica Sandoval was last known to use an address up in Belton, Texas. She has family up in the Belton area, Belton and Temple," Filla says.

Other addresses have led investigators to Caldwell County, Austin and Jarrell.

She's 5'2 and weighs 225-pounds.

(Photo from the U.S. Marshals Service.)

By Lydia Pantazes

Search On For Austin Halfway House Escapee

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