Portales, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico jail is still on lockdown today after two inmates escaped through an air conditioning vent Friday.
Stephen Phillips, 21, was captured Friday evening, but Ruben Lozano, 42, is still on the loose.
It was in cell unit number 16 where Phillips and Lozano planned their escape from the Roosevelt County Detention Center in Portales.
"It's fairly uncommon, but where there's a will there's a way," said Jail Administrator David Casanova.
Casanova said the two men used a piece of metal from a bed frame to cut out the air-conditioning vent from the ceiling of their cell.
"They busted out of the weld and they used that to get across to the outside world," Casanova told KRQE News 13.
He said they climbed through the hole onto the roof. They ran about 15 feet to one of the center's walls and then used a rope made from blankets to get down to the ground.
Lozano went one way, Phillips another. But Phillips wasn't free long.
KRQE News 13 asked him what how he felt when he finally saw daylight.
"I thought ... I'm free,' " Phillips said.
Phillips ran to a nearby house, but the homeowner called police and he was captured shortly after.
KRQE asked him if he regrets escaping.
"No, I regret having a broken foot," he said.
A broken foot Phillips blames for being back behind bars.
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