Rocky Marquez Walked Out of an MCSO Jail Yesterday (He Was Not Supposed to Do That)
Rocky Marquez strolled out of the Lower Buckeye Jail yesterday, which happens to be a problem, because he's supposed to be in jail for a while.
Marquez, 33, was "erroneously released" from the jail, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
MCSO Sergeant Brandon Jones tells New Times investigators believe Marquez somehow convinced another inmate to switch identities with him, as this yet-unnamed inmate had his bond posted and was all set to walk out the door himself -- legally.
Jones says Marquez switched ID wristbands with the other inmate, and while the wristbands have pictures, Jones says the mugshots are pretty small and the guys look similar.
Additionally, Marquez must have 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.
"It's a lot more than taking this guy's ID band," Jones says.
Marquez has been in the jail since September 2010 while he works his way through the court process, as he's facing charges of perjury, forgery, witness tampering, DUI, misconduct involving weapons, and leaving the scene of an accident.
It's safe to say that taking another inmate's ID to escape from jail is going to add to that list.
The inmate who forked over his ID will also get to face charges, Jones says, although they haven't yet pinned the specific charges.
Jones says the sheriff's office is still figuring out the details, and the inmate who gave up his ID "gave us very little information."
The sheriff's office says don't make any attempt to go near Marquez if you see him, and just call 9-1-1 instead.
We didn't ask if "cell phone technology" would be used to capture Marquez.
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