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Police: 2 escape jail after guard mistake

Posted: 12:32 PM, Dec 16, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-16 13:32:27-05

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- Muskogee authorities say two inmates were able to escape from the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility because a guard failed to follow procedure.

Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said Tuesday that the escape could have been prevented if the guard had looked inside the inmates' cells during checks late Sunday. The guard had pressed his ear to the cell door instead of conducting a visual check.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports that 24-year-old Paul Newberry and 36-year-old Raymond Noriega Jr., escaped by breaking through a window when the guard was doing checks.

Noriega was caught Monday. Texas authorities say Newberry was caught at a truck stop in Jarrell (JEHR'-uhl), Texas, 30 miles north of Austin.

Pearson said the guard has been suspended and is facing the possibility of termination.