Inmate escapes from county jail

CNJ Staff

A 29-year-old inmate who was an inmate worker assigned to the kitchen escaped over the weekend from the Curry County Detention Center, Warden Leslie Johnson reported.

Guadalupe Rodriguez of Clovis was last seen working in the jail’s kitchen Saturday night, Johnson said. His absence was reported to her Monday afternoon after he failed to show for a major count, she said.

“He could have gotten out late Saturday night but we don’t know that for sure,” Johnson said.

A “be on the lookout” advisory was issued to Clovis and state police and sheriff’s departments, she said.

Rodriguez began serving a 364-day term Sept. 22 on a variety of charges, Johnson said, resisting arrest among them. He had reached a plea bargain for a 4-year sentence on more serious charges, including burglary, larceny and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and would have been sent to a state prison after serving his sentence at the detention center, Johnson said.

Rodriguez is described as 5-foot-9 and weighing 205 pounds, she said, and has no history of assault.

Anyone with information about Rodriguez should call the Clovis Police Department at 769-1921 or Curry County Sheriff’s Department at 769-2335.

Johnson said an investigation is ongoing into “how it happened and why” to “find anything we can to prevent anything like this from happening again.”