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Authorities continue search for escaped Orlando inmate

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Authorities continue to search this morning for an Orlando inmate who didn't return Tuesday from his scheduled work-release duties.

Richard Weber, 32, was incarcerated in November 2011 after receiving a two-year sentence for marijuana possession. A decade ago, he was convicted of two counts of third-degree murder.

Weber was transferred to the privately-run Orlando Bridge Work Release Center on Mercy Drive in late August and "had worked successfully within the work release parameters without incident since September 26," Brides of America said in a statement.

Bridges of America operates the work-release center, which helps inmates transition to society by addressing substance abuse issues.

"In response to this incident, we have evaluated all of the internal accountability controls in our Orlando facility and determined that the proper processes and systems required for participants in the work release program were maintained and followed," the Bridges of America statement said.

Weber was scheduled to be released in about four months and will face several charges if he's caught.

"Parents need to know and be aware," said one woman Fox 35 spoke with Wednesday afternoon.  Vicki was waiting for a bus with her four grandchildren at a stop across the way from the Bridges of Orlando facility.

"It's a big concern that he's out there, and don't nobody know where he's at," Vicki said. "You got to think about the safety of your children."

Weber was convicted of third-degree murder 10 years ago. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections said Weber is not deemed to be violent, despite the murder conviction. During a shooting in 2003, he was the driver of a car involved in the shooting, but not the gunman. Weber served his sentence.

A neighbor who lives close to the facility, Nikia Williams, said she's not worried about her safety.

"I hope he can turn himself in without any further altercation."

Vicki plans to warn other parents. As a grandmother, she said she will keep a close eye for the escaped inmate.

"It's scary knowing that he's out there. The guards say he's not violent, but you just don't know."

Weber is 5-foot-7, 178 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a small sun on his left arm and of two faces on his right arm.

If you have any information regarding Weber's whereabouts, contact the DOC at 850-922-6867.

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