Jail escapee at large (updated, 12:35 a.m.)

By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer

One of two inmates who escaped through the roof of the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was still at-large at midnight, according to the Portales chief of police.
Area law enforcement agencies were searching for Ruben Lozano, 42, of Portales at press time.

Ruben Lozano

Ruben Lozano

Chief Doug Jones said Lozano and Stephen Phillips of Portales were discovered missing around 9:30 p.m.
Jones said a broken rope made from a blanket was discovered at the side of the detention center.
Phillips was apprehended in the 300 block of East Rose by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Jones said Phillips and Lozano showed up at a residence on East Rose because Phillips had an injured leg.
Jones said a resident who was sitting outside in a lawn chair called an ambulance for Phillips, but Jones said he did not know if the resident knew the men were escapees.
Jones said when officers responded to the scene, Lozano was nowhere to be found. Jones added he wasn’t sure how Phillips injured his leg, but said he may have fallen when escaping from the detention center.
Jones said he is not sure if the two inmates had any connection prior to being incarcerated.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker said once Phillips was in custody, he was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for his injury for evaluation and treatment.
Parker said anytime anyone escapes from jail they should be considered dangerous because they are in a desperate state. He asked if anyone knows of his whereabouts to call 911 immediately.
Lozano is described as 5-foot-6 and estimated to be 175 pounds. Lozano was being held on drug trafficking charges.
Phillips was being held on auto burglary
Lozano was one of 17 suspects charged May 23 for being part of what police called a drug trafficking ring. Lozano was captured in Lubbock earlier this month.
The last reported escape from the Roosevelt County jail was in November 2009, when Oracio Ornelas, then 28, absconded while on a work detail, according to Clovis Media Inc. archives. He was recaptured 90 minutes later.

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