PCSO: Authorities capture inmate after he escapes from Pinal County Detention Center

FLORENCE, AZ - Pinal County Sheriff's Office officials confirm an inmate who escaped Friday afternoon from the Pinal County Detention Center has been captured in Coolidge.

Officials say 40-year-old Joseph Andrew Dekenipp was in the recreation yard with other inmates when he made his escape.

Authorities say he made it up a 12 foot concrete wall then climbed through the razor wire. He lost his shirt and got pretty cut up in the process. He then climbed another fence before taking off running to a nearby gas station where a friend picked him up.

PCSO, Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections, US Marshal's and local police started searching. They had their dogs out and even set up road blocks.

Authorities found Dekenipp about four hours later at the Galloping Goose bar in Coolidge.

"We had talked to some of the other inmates who he was staying with and they told us he was lonely, it was Valentine’s Day he wanted to go see his girlfriend so that's why he planned his escape," PCSO's Tim Gaffney said.

Dekenipp was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on Jan. 10 for charges of theft of means of transportation, trafficking in stolen property, unlawful flight, theft and driving on a suspended license, Gaffney said.

Dekenipp was being held on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 25. Now he's facing years behind bars.

The jail is the third largest county jail in the state of Arizona, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office website.

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