Inmates at local jail allegedly attack detention officer, try to escape

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two inmates are facing charges after they allegedly attacked a detention officer and attempted to escape from jail.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Rheea Roque and 28-year-old Kristine Orrantia told a female detention officer that they needed a change of clothes .

When the detention officer gave the inmates the clothes, authorities say the two women attacked the detention officer.

Officials say Orrantia continued to attack the detention officer while Roque took the officer’s duty belt.

Roque then allegedly attempted to unlock doors of other inmates inside the jail, but was unsuccessful.

Backup eventually arrived and both Roque and Orrantia were restrained.

According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, investigators found evidence that showed Roque planned an escape in an attempt to make a run to Mexico.

“We are fortunate that our employee was not seriously injured from this incident”, said Sheriff John Whetsel. “The employee did an incredible job of defending herself from two violent inmates who were set on making an escape. Training kicked in for this employee and she was able to get the help she needed.”

Roque, who was originally being held for possession of drugs, is now facing new charges, including:

  • Aggravated assault and batter on a peace officer
  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Attempt to escape from jail
  • Operating a mobile radio capable of receiving law enforcement transmissions

Orrantia was originally being held on a Texas warrant for escaping from a penal institution.  She is now facing charges for:

  • Aggravated assault and battery on a peace officer
  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Attempt to escape from jail


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