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MAN ON WORK ASSIGNMENT WALKS AWAY FROM PRISON

A convicted robber who walked away from an outside work assignment at the medium-security Wyoming Correctional Facility later broke into a nearby home and stole two guns, state police said today as they continued searching for him.

Jaston Coleman, 24, bolted from the work detail at about 6:40 p.m., state police said. They also said that he matched the description of a man who took an unloaded shotgun and an unloaded rifle from a home about three miles from the facility at approximately 9 p.m. Describing Coleman as dangerous, troopers said that the former New York City resident was serving a robbery sentence of 3 1/2 to 7 years.

Coleman was described as a black man, 5 foot 11, about 180 pounds, with brown eyes and short brown hair. He was last seen wearing olive prison garb.

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