Oklahoma County Inmates Back In Custody

Friday, July 31st 2020, 9:55 pm
By: Bonnie Campo


Two inmates who escaped from the Oklahoma County Detention Center Friday morning are back in custody.

Cellmates Pablo Robledo and Jose Hernandez escaped from the 12th floor by breaking out a window and climbing down bedsheets that were tied together.

Detention center officials were notified by Oklahoma City police around 7 a.m. Friday after an officer found Hernandez injured. Hernandez was taken into custody, but Robledo was long gone.

The U.S. Marshals, Oklahoma City police and Oklahoma County deputies found Robledo, 34, in southwest Oklahoma City after a nearly seven-hour manhunt. Robledo was taken into custody without incident.

Investigators said they believed Robledo was trying to hideout at his father's home, who lives in the area.

Robledo was in jail awaiting trial in connection to a 2019 murder charge.

Hernandez had a previous sex crime conviction but was in jail again on charges of rape, burglary and indecent exposure.

The jail administrator said the men likely planned the escape and knew the best time to flee.

“That is the busiest time for the jail when we’re passing out medication, passing out food trays,” Oklahoma County Detention Center Jail Administrator Greg Williams said. “Shift change is going on, so again, that is probably the most chaotic time during the day.”

Detention center officials said they are investigating the escape and will make changes to the security of the building.

There are lingering questions, how the inmates had access to that many bed sheets, and were the cells being inspected according to protocol?

Robledo and Hernandez will face new charges in addition to the ones they were being held on.