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Friday August 31, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER: Inmate Attempts to Escape New Mexico Prison with Popsicle Stick

LATINO BLOTTER: Inmate Attempts to Escape New Mexico Prison with Popsicle Stick

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A prisoner at New Mexico’s Lea County jail has been transferred to a maximum security prison in Santa Fe o after he managed to escape his cell.

While it’s likely most prison inmates long to escape their daily confirms, it is unlikely they dream of getting out only to go back in, but that’s exactly what 31-year-old Carlos Garcia did.

After spending roughly five months using a popsicle stick and a razor blade to break a bar on his cell window, Garcia was able to get out through the small opening.

However, once he was out, he decided he better go back in, and using a bed sheet, he pulled himself back into his second-story cell.

As for how he managed to get out, investigators say that as he made progress on the bar, Garcia used plastic, additional popsicle sticks, and newspaper to hide the breaking bar.

In 2005, Garcia was convicted of murdering two men in 2000. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences and an additional 55 years for charges of armed robbery, arson, and kidnapping.

Authorities are now looking at a number of prisons throughout the state to ensure no other inmates are trying something similar.

Officer Mike Stone of the Hobbs Police Department, told CBS News, ‘In the 14 years that I’ve been here, we’ve never had an incident like that here.’