BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) – Texas and New Mexico are now on a statewide alert for two men who escaped early Monday morning from the Terry County Jail.
Police need the public's to help find two inmates that escaped around 1 a.m. They made their way through the Terry County Jail air conditioning vent in the ceiling, then through a plumbing closet which opens to the outside. Security noticed the two prisoners missing when they did their routine cell check. "We check it about once an hour and it was about time to check it again and they realized they were missing," says Terry County Sheriff Larry Gilbreath.
"About 6 months ago we had one go through the ceiling of the library then made his way through the office area where there was a window," says Gilbreath. Back in 2009, a prisoner escaped, leaving the jail to reconsider the security of the once renovated grocery building.
The Sheriff acknowledges the security problems in the Brownfield Jail and realizes there's a need for upgrades. "We thought it was secure but evidently it wasn't. We've been working with the Texas jail commission and we will repair it to their standards," says Gilbreath.
David Lee Rodriguez is described as a Hispanic man, 5'4" and 140 pounds with a shaved head and brown eyes. Cornelio Zepeda Delgado is described as a Hispanic man, 5'11" and 143 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Rodriguez was jailed for attempted murder of a 12-year-old girl. KCBD NewsChannel 11 spoke with her grandmother, Susan Cruz. She had a plea for Rodriguez's family. "His side of the family, if they have a heart, and they have children or grandchildren, if they have a heart, and they know where he is...would y'all please turn him in," Cruz said.
Cruz told us that she heard Rodriguez was driven toward Amarillo. While authorities could not verify all of Cruz's story, Sheriff Gilbreath confirmed that his department received a tip that Rodriguez could possibly be headed to the Amarillo area.
Both men are considered dangerous. If you know where these escapees are, or how to find them, please call the Terry County Sheriff's Office at (806) 637-2212.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 continues to follow this story and will bring you updates as they become available.
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