Six People Face Charges Following Weekend Jail Break - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/08

Six People Face Charges Following Weekend Jail Break

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Source: Curry County Sheriff Source: Curry County Sheriff

Six more people are facing charges for helping in the escape of the Clovis seven. Four are inmates:

  • Lawrence Kolek, 26 
  • Manuel Lopez, 32
  • Kevyn Crane, 26
  • Donald Jones, 27

Each man charged with three counts of assisting escape. Each of those counts is punishable by up to 12 years in prison.

Being charged with obstruction of justice are family members of two inmates, escapee Edward Salas' father, Isodoro "Lolo" Salas of Albuquerque, and the mother of Michael England's child, Asha Currie.

On Wednesday NewsChannel 11 got a behind the scenes tour of the Curry County Detention Facility and saw surveillance camera video of the escape underway.

The day in Clovis started with a brief media conference to give us the ground rules for touring the jail. From there we walked across the street to the Curry County Adult Detention Facility for our tour. We entered and were taken directly into Pod Two - one of the two pods inmates escaped from. In surveillance video from Sunday night you can see one of the escapes underway. 

In all, we learned it took as many as three days of planning and seven hours Sunday night to complete the jail break. One way these men could have been caught just moments after the escape is with functioning exterior cameras. Unfortunately the one that would have caught them wasn't working Sunday night.

In fact Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray says none of the three exterior cameras around the facility are working and, because of these technical problems, the county has been working with security companies to install as many as 65 cameras around the prison, inside and out. However those plans are still in the works.

Ironically the bid for that new camera system was approved last Tuesday, just 6 days before the escape.

Two of the original seven escaped inmates have been captured. Raynaldo Enriquez was captured Monday night in Lubbock and Javier Zapata was taken into custody Tuesday in Cactus, TX, north of Amarillo.

The five men that remain on the loose are Larry McClendon, Edward Salas, Victor Sotelo, Michael England and Louis Chaves. These men are considered dangerous. If you see any of these five escapees, authorities say do not try to make contact with them - simply call 911.

8/26/08
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