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Video shows Curry County jail's most recent inmate escape

CURRY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico jail notorious for inmate escapes just had another incident. Now, a newly released video shows just how the female inmate did it.

Surveillance video from inside the Curry County Detention Center shows 25-year-old Kaitlyn Martinez-Arington on the phone just after 9 p.m. on Aug. 6. 

That's when she apparently sees her chance to make a break for it.

As a healthcare worker is leaving, Martinez-Arington then runs to catch the door before it closes. 

A camera in the hallway catches what happens next: the unsuspecting woman walking towards a door that leads to the outside of the jail, and Martinez-Arington hiding around the corner, waiting until the woman makes it outside. 

Martinez-Arington makes a run for it, but the woman fights back, trying to push her back in. 

Martinez-Arington manages to get around her, appearing to have leverage over the door. The struggle continues for several seconds. 

Martinez-Arington breaks free, bolting out of the door and into the south alleyway. 

Martinez-Arington was caught the next day, at a home on Cameo near 14th Street. 

Officers had to deploy tear gas to get her to surrender. 

Since 2002, more than a dozen inmates have escaped from the Curry County Detention Center. 

Tuesday, KRQE News 13 called county officials looking for answers. Just two months ago, three male inmates were able to simply walk out of the jail with the help of a jail guard. 

Before that, inmates have crawled out of AC units, others through the roof and others through open doors. 

Jail administrator Mark Gallegos hasn't been at the jail during all the escapes, but was during the latest one. 

He says it is policy for all contracted workers to enter and leave the facility with a jail employee by their side, which obviously didn't happen. 

The healthcare worker and staff member present that day were subject to counseling as a result. 

Martinez-Arington was in jail on felony drug charges. She now faces an additional charge for the escape.


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