PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) - An inmate in jail for murder is on the loose after he and two others escaped from the Roosevelt County Detention Center this weekend.
According to jail officials, the men escaped the exact same way as two other inmates did just months ago.
Now, the jail administrator is urging county officials to up their security.
"I wasn't really free as you could say, but it felt good, but it wasn't the right way, you know," said escapee Abran Baeza.
Baeza and two others got out of the detention center through a hole they made with part of a bed frame in the ceiling of the jail. Baeza and inmate Noel Webb were found several hours after they escaped.
"Now I'm in a little holding cell in a clown suit, a paper jump suit. It's not cool," said Webb. "I'm looking at a lot more time."
Webb and Baeza say they've learned their lesson, but the third escapee, Robert Claudio, 31, is still on the run.
"Little concerned right now, more than a little concerned," said Roosevelt Detention Center Administrator David Casanova.
Casanova says he's especially worried because of Claudio's previous criminal history.
"He is on parole out of Colorado to New Mexico and I was informed his charge was second degree murder," said Casanova.
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Two inmates escaped the exact same way through the roof in June.
In that case, Stephen Phillips and Ruben Lozano used a piece of metal from a bed frame to cut out the vent in the ceiling of their cell.
Then they climbed onto the roof, went to the edge and used a rope made from blankets to get to the ground.
Phillips broke his foot and was caught at a nearby house.
Lozano was caught the next week in Texas.
"This is a very big deal. It's happened once, now twice. This is very serious," said Casanova.
Casanova says he's notified county commissioners numerous times about the jail's security problems.
He's even proposed several options to increase surveillance, but the commission hasn't taken any action.
"It seems real expensive to the county and we're just looking at other options beforehand," said Roosevelt County Commission Chairman Bill Cathey.
In the meantime, Casanova says corrections officers are increasing patrols among inmates, but he says that's about all they can do until the jail gets more money.
According to jail administrators, an increased security system would cost about $200,000.
Roosevelt County Sheriff's Deputies say they have several leads about Claudio's whereabouts.
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