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Inmate’s escape goes unnoticed for 3 days

November 10, 2005

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— A western Kansas sheriff is reviewing procedures after it took jailers three days to discover that an inmate had escaped from jail over the weekend.

Guillermo Galindo, 25, of Dodge City, was being held in the Grant County jail on charges stemming from a July car chase in Gray and Ford counties. He still was missing late Tuesday after he escaped about 4 p.m. Saturday, apparently by crawling under a fence in the exercise yard.

But jailers didn't learn he was missing until a Tuesday morning head count because Galindo had made his bed to make it look like someone was sleeping in it, Grant County Sheriff Lance Babcock said.

"This is a bad deal," Babcock said. "It's something that shouldn't have happened ... and we're trying to make corrections."

During the Sunday head count, Babcock said the jailer did not try to rouse Galindo, assuming he was sleeping.

"Sometimes the jailers get a little lax, and they don't make them get out of bed," he said. "They just see them there and think they're still asleep."

Babcock said he would change procedures, possibly requiring inmates to get out of bed during counts. He declined to comment on whether he would take disciplinary measures against his officers.

Galindo was transferred over the summer from Ford County to the jail in Grant County. He was awaiting sentencing in Gray County after he was convicted last month of two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

A bench warrant for Galindo's arrest was issued after his escape was discovered. He is described as 5-foot-7 and 188 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. He has a tattoo on his back of a bear with four skulls.

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