Roberta Gavina update: Escaped MCSO inmate found, back in custody

PHOENIX - A female inmate who escaped from a Maricopa County jail on Thursday was located Friday morning.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom said 32-year-old Roberta Gavina walked out of the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix before she was to be taken to a Glendale court for an appearance on shoplifting charges.

According to Hegstrom, Gavina shuffled into a group that was being released, and was able to walk out unnoticed.

“She happened to sneak her way by and get into the crowd that was leaving,” Hegstrom said.

She was located around 11:45 a.m. Friday at her boyfriend's aunt's house near 52nd Avenue and Camelback Road.

An inmate who was released Friday from the Lower Buckeye facility, who was not involved in Gavina’s case, said the tricks involved in the escape would be difficult.

“It’s going to be a hard process,” Justin Walker said.

“You’re going to have to sit in five or six cells before you get out,” Walker said.

There are fail safes in the process to try to ensure that inmates can’t manipulate the system, Hegstrom said.

The investigation continues into what specifically went wrong to allow Gavina’s escape, Hegstrom said.

Gavina, who was facing misdemeanor shoplifting charges, is now facing felony second degree escape charges and was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail, according to Hegstrom.

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