CURRY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) — They made it look easy. New video shows three inmates casually walking away from a New Mexico jail last month.
It led authorities on a five-day manhunt before the inmates were finally captured.
It only took minutes for the three inmates to escape from the Curry County Detention Center, the morning of June 15.
Surveillance video from inside the jail shows 31-year-old Aaron Clark, 24-year-old Ricky Sena and 28-year-old Victor Apodaca, walking down a hallway before one of the men appears to take out a set of keys and unlock a secure door, making a break for it.
A camera in the alley outside captured the men dressed in all white, casually walking away.
Back inside the jail, a camera in the control room spots jail guard Sarina Dodson alone. She seems fidgety and nervous. That’s because deputies say she helped the inmates break free.
She was found the next morning in Lubbock and charged in connection with the escape.
It wouldn’t be until almost five days later that authorities would receive a tip that the inmates were at an apartment not far from the jail.
During an hours-long SWAT standoff with police, KRQE News 13 is told one of the officers fired shots after one of the men pointed a gun at them.
Clark, Sena and Apodaca were all arrested after surrendering peacefully.
The man who was letting the inmates stay with him was also arrested. Since 2002, more than a dozen inmates have escaped from the Curry County jail.