Inmates had 11-minute head start on law enforcement | KOB 4

Inmates had 11-minute head start on law enforcement

Casey Torres
June 20, 2018 07:21 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. - The three inmates who escaped from the Curry County Adult Detention Center are back in custody. They surrendered around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.


Mark Gallegos, the Curry County Adult and Juvenile Detention Administrator, explained the chain of events that took place on the day the inmates escaped.

Gallegos said the inmates had an 11-minute head start on law enforcement on Friday, June 15.

“Mid-morning, we had released 15 detainees out on a recreation yard from our maximum security pod,” Gallegos said.

He said around 10:45 a.m., the chief of security requested an informal headcount. The master control operator said she counted 15 inmates, but the chief of security had counted only 12.

“As a result of that, an emergency count took place and the facility went on lockdown,” Gallegos said. “Staff went into all the pods, specifically that first pod because that was the pod of interest and noted that there were three detainees missing.”

He said after they alerted law enforcement, staff checked on the camera system. He said they saw Aaron Clark, Victor Apodaca, and Ricky Sena walking out from three doors that led to an alleyway. He said they were wearing white t-shirts and white boxer shorts when they took off.

The big question was — why were the doors unlocked?

Gallegos a review of the logs pointed them to Sarina Dodson, a corrections officer at the facility.

Gallegos added that Dodson was the only one in the master control room and unlocked the doors for the inmates.

On Wednesday, Gallegos said Dodson was served with a notice that the facility intends to fire her. She was arrested Saturday in Texas and was charged with assisting escape.

The inmates are facing prison escape charges and will have a video arraignment. The date of the arraignment is still not determined


Casey Torres

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