Deputies: 3 NM escapees back in custody after standoff

Deputies said a CO, 28-year-old Sarina Dodson, helped the trio escape the detention center Friday morning

By Matthew Reisen
Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Clovis police arrested three escaped inmates Tuesday evening at a home only a few miles from the detention center they escaped from, according to a statement from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Wesley Waller released a statement Tuesday evening saying all three inmates–Aaron Davis, 31, Victor Apodaca, 28, and Ricky Sena, 24–surrendered after a standoff with the Clovis police SWAT team during which shots were fired but nobody was injured.

According to the statement, authorities received a tip that the escapees were at an apartment on the 1200 block of Dartmouth.

Deputies say they spoke with someone inside the home, 38-year-old Jon Hausmann, who denied that the escapees were there.

Soon, authorities learned the escapees were inside and the Clovis police SWAT team was called out to assist deputies, according to the statement.

“At one point during the negotiations, the Clovis police SWAT team fired shots after one of the occupants pointed a firearm at them,” the statement read. “No injuries were reported.”

The three inmates surrendered around 6 p.m.

As of Tuesday evening, the Clovis police department could not say how many officers fired weapons, how many shots were fired, or who pointed a gun at officers.

All three are charged with escape from jail and were booked into the Curry County Detention Center, where they initially escaped from Friday. Hausmann was also arrested and charged with three counts of harboring or aiding a felon.

Curry County deputies say a CO, 28-year-old Sarina Dodson, helped the trio escape the detention center Friday morning.

Dodson was arrested in Lubbock early Saturday for helping the three escape and is charged with aiding a prisoner to escape.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the inmates escaped from the outdoor recreation area, through three secured doors, with help from Dodson who opened the doors–and silenced alarms–from the control room.

When deputies questioned Dodson after the escape, she denied opening any of the doors and claimed many of the doors had been malfunctioning in the past two days.

Deputies say Dodson admitted to knowing Sena before she became a CO at the jail but hadn’t contacted him since working at the jail.

“According to the jail administrator, (Dodson) was observed on at least one occasion recently going into a cell with Sena,” a deputy wrote.

According to the affidavit, Dodson had also let Apodaca use her cell phone to talk to the mother of his child while behind bars.

Deputies say Dodson became “upset and angry” during the interview and left “as she was not under arrest.”

A captain at the detention center told deputies that Dodson gave him an incorrect prisoner count after the escape and, when he recounted, noted three prisoners missing.

Also, deputies say they discovered Dodson had used the intercom from the control room to speak with the inmates as they moved through the secured doors in addition to silencing the alarms as each door opened.

At the time of their escape the inmates were being held on various charges, from possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon and identity theft to trafficking controlled substances and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

©2018 the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.)

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