Escaped Lubbock County inmate back in custody

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 8/14 10:04 pm
A 19-year-old jail inmate took his shot at freedom by escaping from the Lubbock County Detention Center. 

On Wednesday night Sheriff Kelly Rowe said Rodriguez and other inmates were throwing out the trash at the rear of the detention center when the teen decided to break free.
          
"Once access was given to the rear dock area the inmate took off scaled the fence we had surrounding that particular area and he took off in a field," he said.

After Rodriguez jumped the chain-link fence, Rowe said a deputy chased after him.

So, the nearly 6-hour search was on. The DPS chopper was dispatched along with LPD, and the Texas Rangers. 
                    
"The k9's that were tracking got clear into town before they lost him," Rowe said. "So, he moved a good distance by foot."           

Deputies found Rodriguez about 11 miles away from the jail. Rowe said he was hiding in a garage.

Along with Rodriguez, two suspects were also taken into custody. Josue Elizondo,30, and 24-year-old Nina Garcia are both charged with a third-degree felony of  hindering the apprehension of a felon.

"They clearly knew what was going on," Rowe said. "They had been monitoring the news since it broke."

In 2012, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to a burglary of habitation offense. Earlier this year, in April, he was placed in a substance abuse facility, and according to these documents he violated the conditions of that placement several times. 

The document states, in July, Rodriguez tried to escape the facility by jumping a fence. 

Sheriff Rowe said anytime there is an incident like this, him and his team will do what he calls a full scale review to see if any protocol needs to be changed.

"There is going to be a full on review of everything that took place, everything that led up to it, anybody that was involved in it, any staff, inmates, or any outside factors."

Rodriguez will now face escape charges. This is the second prisoner to escape LSO custody this summer.  

In June, inmate Randy Allen Williams reportedly created a distraction and escaped from a work detail in a garage in downtown Lubbock.

He managed to get to a vehicle to make his get-away, and was caught in Clovis two days later.

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