Joe Arpaio Escapee Rocky Marquez Was Caught, but He Walked Out of Another Jail Last Week
Rocky Marquez escaped one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails in May by essentially walking out the front door, but he was caught in Michigan just a couple weeks ago by the U.S. Marshals Service.
And you'll never guess who escaped a jail in Detroit last week by essentially walking out the front door.
Sure enough, authorities in Wayne County, Michigan, just noticed a few days ago that Marquez had strolled out of jail five days prior, using the same technique he used to escape Arpaio's custody.
In Phoenix, Marquez somehow convinced another inmate to switch identities with him, as this inmate had his bond posted and was all set to walk out the door himself -- legally.
Marquez switched ID wristbands with the other inmate, and while the wristbands have pictures, an MCSO spokesman told New Times that they looked similar.
Marquez must have then given the other inmate's date of birth and other random personal information to the officer at the exit door to convince him that he was the other guy.
So, after being captured by Marshals and awaiting extradition at the Wayne County jail, Marquez did the same damn thing.
Before escaping Arpaio's custody, Marquez had been in the jail since September 2010, on charges of perjury, forgery, witness tampering, DUI, misconduct involving weapons, and leaving the scene of an accident.
He's armed and dangerous, according to the Marshals Service, and has ties to drug cartels and organized crime.
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