MCSO: 'Dangerous' inmate Adan Orduno in custody after escaping from Lower Buckeye Jail

PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department said they have an "extremely dangerous" inmate who escaped from the Lower Buckeye Jail Sunday back in custody.

Sheriff's spokesman Christopher Hegstrom said Adan Orduno, 26, was discovered missing around 8:53 a.m. Sunday morning after a routine security check.

He was located around 6:15 p.m in downtown Phoenix.

In a news conference held Sunday night, Arpaio said Orduno gathered milk cartons, placed his black and white uniform over them, and arranged them in his cell to appear as if he was sleeping.

Deputies think he pried open the ceiling in the cell, went out through a crawl space and hopped over the jail fence.

Undercover sheriff's deputies got a tip about Orduno's whereabouts, contacted him and set up a meeting with him at 7th Avenue and McDowell Road.

Arpaio said Orduno arrived in a blue car with another man and was apprehended without incident.

The other man, who is being questioned by deputies, said he found Orduno on the street and gave him a ride to his mother's house where he changed his clothes.

Arpaio said Orduno told sheriff's deputies that he wanted to commit "suicide by cop" and that "if he had a gun he would have shot at deputies, or at least pointed the gun at deputies, hoping he would be killed."

Orduno was arrested and booked into the 4th Avenue Jail which has the highest security.

Orduno was also arrested in November, 2011 in connection with an officer-involved shooting .

Orduno and 23-year-old Jonathon Corrales allegedly robbed a jewelry store, prompting a police pursuit through Phoenix . It is believed Orduno was driving the pair's getaway vehicle during the Phoenix pursuit.

"I will never forget it, it was so scary," said an employee at the jewelry store who asked that her identity not be released. "He (Corrales) was trying to run out with some (gold) chains and started shooting at the door because he was locked in and we all ran to the back."

Detectives say Orduno was driving the getaway car and fired at officers who chased the pair.

Employees at the store were shocked to hear Orduno has escaped and said Orduno was a previous customer which may be why he was the getaway driver in the incident last year.

"I remember him, he seemed really smart actually, he seemed like a good guy but he made the wrong choices," said the unidentified store employee while referring to Orduno.

Deputy Chief Brian Lee said at the time of his escape, Orduno was being held in "closed custody" which is the highest level of security. He wasn't allowed to have any direct contact with any other inmates or visitors. Hegstrom said Orduno was transferred to the jail's psychiatric unit in July.

Hegstrom said Orduno is considered extremely dangerous. He has a lengthy criminal history. In addition to robbery and attempted murder, he's been in trouble for bringing contraband inside the jail and the Department of Corrections while he was serving time. DOC records show he has also assaulted jail staff and other inmates. 

According to court records, he was convicted of various charges including aggravated assault, trafficking stolen property, theft and drive by shooting dating back to 2004. There are other charges not available which date back to when he was a juvenile.

Arpaio said Orduno is now facing additional charges related to Sunday's escape.

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