A man led police on a pursuit after escaping Wednesday morning from the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
Jesus Rubio was later caught and placed back into custody, but this is now the third inmate to escape since July.
About 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, 11 detainees were being transported to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Greg Williams with the detention center said.
“They drive their vehicle into this alley port, and that’s where they get out of their vehicles and enter the jail,” said Williams.
That's when Rubio was able to escape. Williams said Rubio he walked through a garage door which was left open. He admits this was a procedural issue.
“We have briefed this situation this morning, and I have begun working with my staff to identify any weaknesses of what we might have,” said Williams.
Williams said three of their officers were overseeing the transportation, which is typical for the amount of inmates they have.
“At this point, I don’t see staffing as a contributing factor to this at all,” said Williams.
Later in the morning, the Oklahoma City Police Department found a stolen van near SW 25th and Harvey. The driver took off. During the pursuit, police said they realized it was Rubio. He stepped out of the van near SW 35th and Western.
“Just pulls in the neighborhood and the guy just gets out of it, starts sprinting out,” said Uliscs Mendez, a witness. “The cars still going and cops around him.”
Rubio was quickly arrested. Court documents show Rubio was serving a 30-year prison sentence for felony kidnapping, domestic abuse assault and battery and violation of a protective order.
He was the third inmate to escape the Oklahoma County jail since July.