Inmate escape raises questions about MDC security problems


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – First inmates take over the yard at MDC, nearly a month later an inmate uses a key to remove his shackles and escapes from a transport bus.

Security problems at MDC keep happening, and KRQE News 13 wanted to know what’s being done about it.

According to an arrest warrant there was loud music and lots of talking when an inmate kicked out a window on the bus Wednesday and vanished.

It has some county commissioners asking “what’s going on?”

He was supposed to be on his way to court to face a judge, instead 48-year-old Larry Dohrn found his way out of shackles and on the run Wednesday morning.

According to the sheriff’s department, Dohrn, with the help from another inmate kicked out a window of the bus, escaped on 6th Street near I-40, then carjacked this medical transport SUV.

Just last month, 42 inmates took over the rec yard out at MDC blocking doors and covering cameras.

KRQE News 13 obtained the arrest warrant that says there was “loud music” and “a lot of talking” on the bus making it difficult for corrections officers to “hear all the inmates.”

Some county commissioners admit that MDC is a constant concern.

“There are a lot of folks in there that rather be somewhere else and they have a lot of time on their hands to find holes in our system,” said Bernalillo County Comissioner Wayne Johnson. “So yeah, there are some problems at MDC some of which need to be addressed by policy,”

The warrant also states Dohrn used a “shaved” key to unlock his shackles.

KRQE News 13 has been trying to ask MDC why inmates are allowed to listen to blaring music on a bus and how Dohrn got a hold of handcuff key. MDC never got back to us.

Nearly 12 house after the escape, State Police tracked Dohrn to a home in Manzano, where he had killed himself.

Police say as they arrived the homeowner, who was an acquaintance of Dohrn’s, walked outside and told them Dohrn had gotten ahold of his rifle and that he heard a gunshot.

The sheriff’s department doesn’t believe that acquaintance of Dohrn’s knew he had escaped and say he not facing any charges.They say any inmates who helped Dohrn escape will likely be charged.

KRQE News 13 tried asking the jail if any corrections officers are facing discipline for the escape, they never got back to us.

The county just announced MDC is getting a new chief next month.

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