A Curry County jail inmate charged with multiple burglaries slipped out of handcuffs and escaped from a detention officer early Sunday morning.
Bobby Owen, 25, was last seen running toward 21st Street from Plains Regional Medical Center, jail administrator Lois Bean said.
Owen was transported to the hospital on the suggestion of emergency responders, Bean said, who were called to the jail after Owen told officers he slipped and fell, injuring himself.
Bean said several tests were conducted and X-rays were taken and Owen was being returned to the jail around 3 a.m. when he “slipped out” of his restraints and ran.
There was no confrontation with detention officers. “He just took off,” Bean said.
Owen was arrested Thursday, court records show.
He is charged with multiple counts of burglary and larceny in addition to criminal damage and conspiracy.
Bean said he was also being held on a probation violation.
Clovis police and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office have been notified and are working to find and return Owen to the jail, Bean said.
Bean said jail officials are investigating to determine how Owen slipped out of his restraints.
Anyone with information on Owen’s whereabouts can call police at 769-1921 or 911.
Eight inmates escaped from the Curry County jail last Aug. 24 after cutting a hole in the roof. Sunday's escape is the first since then involving an inmate held at the jail.
Owen is described as:
A white male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 176 pounds. He has short brown hair and hazel eyes with a teardrop tatoo under his left eye, a tattoo of a woman in hat on his right bicep and a tattoo that reads "Estrella" on his neck.
He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and orange pants.