Video shows three inmates escaping from New Mexico jail
July 31, 2018 07:07 PM
CLOVIS, N.M - Surveillance video of three inmates escaping the Curry County Adult Detention Center on June 15th shows them leaving with ease.
It took less than five minutes for Aaron Clark, Victor Apodaca, and Ricky Sena to escape from the jail.
Curry County Detention Administrator Mark Gallegos said their easy escape was made possible by help from the inside.
He said there was only one master control operator on duty. Gallegos says she was shutting off the alarms and unlocking the doors, which allowed the inmates to escape.
In the video, the inmates are first seen rushing their way past the first door. As one inmate heads to the second door, he pulls something from his pocket. Gallegos said the inmate pretended to struggle with the lock to make it seem like the door had been locked.
The three then ran toward the third door and waited for the master control operator to unlock it. Just before 11 a.m., they were walking in the alleyway with white T-shirts and shorts.
Gallegos said the master control operator lied about the headcount, which prompted a lockdown. He said the escapees had an 11-minute head start on police.
The master control operator was charged with assisting escape and given a termination letter.
The three inmates were captured four days after the escape in Clovis after a police standoff. They were arraigned on July 19th on charges of escape and conspiracy to escape. Both of the charges are 4th-degree felonies.
Created: July 31, 2018 07:07 PM
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