Administrator: Jail will stay on lock-down

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Eric Norwood Jr.: PNT photo
Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova said the jail will be on lock-down into early next week after two inmates escaped through the roof of the jail Friday night. One of the men, Stephen Phillips, was injured in the escape attempt and was captured at a resident’s house on the 300 block of Rose Street, approximately 300 yards from the detention center on North Boston. The other, Ruben Lozano, remains at-large.

By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
ccalloway@pntonline.com
Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova said the jail will be on lock-down into early next week after two inmates escaped through the roof of the jail Friday night.
Stephen Phillips, 20, who was held on burglary charges, has been captured since the jail break. Ruben Lozano, 42, remains at-large.
Casanova said once a detention center officer found a blanket on the ground about 9:30 Friday night during a routine perimeter sweep of the facility, all inmates were locked down and a head count of inmates was taken.
The escape is still under investigation but he believes this was an isolated incident and he does not know of any motive for why the men escaped or if this was planned.
Casanova said jail officials are still trying to figure out how the men punctured the roof to escape. He said the jail was adequately staffed for the shift.
The blanket the men used as a rope to come down from the roof had torn on metal it was tied around after Lozano used it first, Casanova said. Phillips jumped from the roof and injured his leg.
“We’ll be reviewing our procedural actions to see if there are any improvements that can be made on our end to prevent this from happening again,” Casanova said. “After watching video, I believe the house unit knew what was going on and what was happening.”
Casanova said it had not been determined if others aided the men in the escape.
“Detention center staff is taking extra measures to make sure the facility is safe and the individuals are safe and we’ll continue to work hand in hand with local agencies to make sure the community is safe,” Casanova said.

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