Mom of escaped Maricopa County jail inmate Adan Orduno says son 'is a good kid'

PHOENIX - The mother of an inmate who deputies say escaped from an MCSO jail says her son is a good kid.

Deputies arrested Adan Orduno after he broke out of the Lower Buckeye Jail Sunday morning.

"Just so we have it clear," Orduno shouted to reporters while in handcuffs, "the sheriff didn't catch me, my ex-fiancé set me up."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Orduno used milk cartons to create a "dummy" to trick jail staff into thinking he was asleep in his cell. 

Deputy Chief Brian Lee, a sheriff's spokesman, said the cell that Orduno occupied at the jail's psychiatric ward had a small window. Detention officers look through the windows every 15 minutes to check on inmates, per department protocol, he said.

Detention officers realized he was missing at 8:53 a.m. He was able to get out by climbing through the ceiling and over a barbed wire fence.

Regina Saldana said her son came running to her the minute he was able to break free. She said she thought he had gotten out on bail and had no idea he was on the run.

"I was just so happy to see him. We just held each other for a long time and I couldn't stop crying," said Saldana.

She said her son was upset and wanted to get help.

"He told me that he wanted to go to the state mental institution," said Saldana.

Undercover deputies were able to arrest Orduno at 7th Avenue and McDowell Sunday night.

Sheriff Arpaio said Orduno made statements that he was hoping to commit suicide by cop.

Orduno is being held at the 4th Avenue Jail and is receiving medical treatment.

Sheriff Arpaio said he is looking at the security breach to see what changes need to be made. He also said he wants to get an electric fence and find out if any of the security cameras were able to pick up Orduno's escape.

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