UPDATE: Accused murderer back in custody after escaping from 12th floor of Oklahoma Co. Jail

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials say both 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.

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 bed sheets tied into a rope.

Photo taken by 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.

mug shot of Jose Hernandez
Hernandez, Jose. Booking photo from Oklahoma County Jail

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.

Pablo Robledo is seen in a booking photo from the Oklahoma County Jail in 2019

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

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

Robledo was apprehended in the Will Rogers Expressway (SW 37th Street) 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.”

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office officials posted a video on the Sheriff’s Office’s official Facebook page of Robledo in custody following his capture.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 155 released the following statement:

“We feel that this event is primarily the result of Commissioner Kevin Calvey’s dirtypolitics, rush to create the jail trust and lack of knowledge in jail operations. We also believe this is cause for Calvey’s immediate removal from the Jail Trust Authority board of directors. Calvey has made wild ironeous accusations of mis- management against the sheriff. While he infact has created political situations that have undermined the sheriff. Clavey has always said it was not the money. Well since the jail trust took over the jail they have been in the news for issues with inmate commissary, inmates being feed dinner at 1 am, bugs and roaches in the building. Calvey has tried to blame these things on the sheriff. Well, these things along with the sewage and mold have been brought to the Board if Commissioners multiple times by this lodge to protect those detention officers and deputies working in the jail while they were members of this lodge. This lodge also had an independent study done on the air quality and mold in the jail. That report was provided to the Board of Commissioners. It was ignored.”

Commissioner Kevin Calvey sent KFOR the following statement:

“Sheriff Taylor had the responsibility to maintain the jail, including the windows through which the inmates escaped, and Taylor failed. Sheriff Taylor also allowed 2 inmates to escape in the past several months when he had sole responsibility for the jail. Taylor was given millions of dollars to maintain the jail and its vehicles and to spray for bugs, but he spent the money instead on military vehicles and other unnecessary items. The legacy of Taylor’s mismanagement is more fully being exposed now, and the Trust management is fixing the problems as they come to light.”

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor released the following statement in response to Calvey’s comments:

“At a time when we should be celebrating great work by the law enforcement community for their
outstanding work tracking down an Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority escapee facing
murder charges, Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey sends out an anti-law enforcement
release full of misinformation. He also deflects from his responsibilities to the jail.
Years ago, Oklahoma County reinforced jail windows with metal grates after the building opened due to poor design. These escapees had to cut through those grates, and no one at the jail noticed, so
how is that my fault? They hoarded bed sheets for their escape, and were free for more than an hour
and Jail Trust administration didn’t even know until outside law enforcement notified them, that’s not my fault. Enough is enough. During my time at the jail I found $3-million in savings and sent that money back to county. Under my leadership we reduced jail deaths by 83%, we spent more than $30,000 over the past 3-years addressing pest control issues at the jail. Military surplus vehicles acquired by this agency before I was elected sheriff, I disposed of those vehicle after being elected my first year. We remain committed to helping the Trust succeed, but we aren’t going to let Commissioner Calvey’s easily disproven allegations distract us from our commitment to protecting the public.”

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