Created: 09/30/2013 8:19 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For the second time, the Roosevelt County Jail said inmates escaped. This time it was three of them, and one of them is still on the run.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to the jail Monday, and talked to the inmates who got away.
It happened Friday night. The jail said Abran Baeza, Noel Webb, and Robert Claudio took their chances and made a run for it.
The three inmates escaped through the roof of a cell.
Surveillance video inside the jail during their escape revealed inmates watching television. Meanwhile outside, their fellow inmates were breaking free.
"What did it feel like to be free?"
When asked what it felt like to be free, escapee Abran Baeza said, "It was the best feeling in the world. It felt like a million dollars." The freedom lasted six hours. Baeza said now he feels stupid.
The escape is all too similar to the last escape in June. That’s when two inmates got out through the roof in another cell.
Jail administrator David Casanova said it wasn’t a coincidence.
“I believe that they learned from the first one, and they worked on it to a similar process. They had more time to plan this one. I can tell you that this was a planned escape. They had been working on it for several days," said Casanova.
The other hole has since been patched up. As for the June escapee, he still regrets it.
Escapee Steven Phillips wishes he could take that night back. "Yeah, yeah actually I do," Phillips said.
Casanova said since June, they have increased security.
"It probably wasn’t quite enough. I will be making that recommendation that we get new bunks to try to get some of the metal out of the jail and reduce it a little bit," said Casanova.
Claudio is still on the run. He’s in jail on aggravated battery charges. Casanova told KOB 4 a razor wire roof would help prevent escapes from happening again. He said he has tried getting funding from the county for the roof. But so far, nothing has passed. Roosevelt County Commissioners said they will discuss ways to make the jail more secure at their next meeting.