Man who escaped from Ariz. jail back in custody
- Associated Press
- November 11, 2012 - 8:19 PM
PHOENIX - Authorities on Sunday evening apprehended a man who had escaped from an Arizona jail hours earlier while being held on attempted murder and robbery charges.
Adan Orduno Jr., 26, was captured Sunday evening in Phoenix, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff. Authorities were still investigating how he broke out.
Orduno was being housed in the county jail's psychiatric unit when he was discovered missing just before 9 a.m., said Officer Christopher Hegstrom, a sheriff's spokesman.
Hegstrom said the escape was the first for the 7-year-old south Phoenix facility.
Authorities originally thought Orduno might have been hiding somewhere at the sprawling jail, which also houses Arpaio's famous "tent city" lockup. But jail personnel searched the 600,000-square-foot complex and determined Orduno wasn't here.
The entire facility, which holds about 2,000 inmates, was placed on lockdown once detention officers discovered Orduno wasn't in his cell, the Arizona Republic reported. Authorities also warned the public to be on the lookout for Orduno, whom the sheriff had described as a violent "troublemaker."
Orduno has served time in state prison for burglary, theft and aggravated assault, online state records show.
He was being held at the Maricopa County jail on attempted murder and robbery charges. The Republic reported the charges stemmed from an October 2011 robbery at a Phoenix jewelry store that led to a police chase in which either Orduno or an accomplice fired at pursuing officers. No one was injured.
Orduno had been in custody since Phoenix police arrested him Nov. 4, 2011, and he recently was declared competent to stand trial.
He now faces new charges related to the escape, Arpaio said.
Additional details about Orduno's capture and how he was able to escape were not immediately available.
Deputy Chief Brian Lee, another sheriff's spokesman, said the cell that Orduno occupied at the jail's psychiatric ward had a small window. Detention officers look through the windows every 15 minutes to check on inmates, per department protocol, he said.
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