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Inmate briefly escapes from Quay County Detention Center


July 31, 2015

Quay County Sun

A trustee in the Quay County Detention Center escaped from a work detail Thursday but was recaptured within 30 minutes.

Christopher Madrid, 23, was doing kitchen cleanup outside the jail when he was left unsupervised and fled about 5 p.m., Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer said.

Shafer said law officers from multiple agencies established a perimeter and began searching for Madrid. Searchers included a police dog named Aries and his handler, Tyler Marney.

Shafer said Aries tracked Madrid three blocks to a shed located behind a residence in the 400 block of West High Avenue. Aries alerted the officers of Madrid’s presence in the shed, where he was found hiding under a piece of carpet, Shafer said.

The sheriff said Madrid was taken into custody without incident.

Madrid had been a trustee working in the kitchen for about six weeks, said TJ Rich, detention center administrator.

Rich said Madrid was being held in the facility on misdemeanor probation violation charges and was awaiting trial.

Shafer said Madrid will be charged with escaping from a correctional facility, which is a fourth-degree felony with a mandatory sentence of 18 months.


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