Accused murderer back in custody after escaping from 12th floor of Oklahoma jail

Midwest

OKLAHOMA CITY (News Nation/KFOR) — Officials say two inmates, including an accused murderer, are back in custody after escaping from the Oklahoma County Jail on Friday morning.

Just before 7 a.m. on Friday, the Oklahoma County Detention Center (OCDC) was notified by the Oklahoma City Police Department that they had detained an individual found injured and walking. The man was identified as Jose Balentin Hernandez, an inmate from the Oklahoma County Detention Center.

Officials from OCDC then determined both Hernandez and his cellmate, identified as Pablo Daniel Robledo, were both missing from the facility.

Jose Hernandez and Pablo Robledo (Photos courtesy Oklahoma County Jail)

Video footage reviewed by OCDC showed Robledo south of the detention center at approximately 5:25 a.m.

The two inmates had escaped from the 12th story window using what appears to be bedsheets tied into a rope.

Photo courtesy News Nation affiliate KFOR Reporter Emily Akins

Hernandez is back in custody and has been transported to a medical facility for treatment for undetermined injuries resulting from his escape. It is believed he may have broken his leg.

For hours, law enforcement officers from the Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma City Fire Department, and Midwest City Police Department, actively searched for Robledo.

Robledo was in jail for murder. He was arrested last year in connection to the shooting death of 30-year-old Arnuflo McClallan.

Shortly after 2 p.m., MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, confirmed to News Nation affiliate KFOR that Robledo was back in custody.

Robledo was apprehended in the Will Rogers Expressway area in Oklahoma City, according to a news release issued by Detention Center personnel.

OCDC has verified and accounted for all remaining individuals in its custody.

“We would like to say thank you to all of our law enforcement partners for their swift and professional response to the pursuit and capture of this dangerous fugitive,” said Oklahoma County Jail Administrator Greg Williams. “Moving forward, we will use this incident as another way to improve the physical security of the facility, as well as the quality of life for those who work and live within the detention center.”

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