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Human Error To Blame In Inmates' Escape, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes Says

11:21 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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Guilford County, N.C. -- Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes says human error is part of the reason why two inmates escaped from the High Point Guilford County Jail this weekend.

Jose Alberto Hernandez-Hernandez and Jose Idel Sid AKA Jose Joaquin-Del Cid Sosa escaped sometime before 4:40 p.m. on Saturday. Sheriff Barnes says the men used a piece of metal from a ceiling grate as a tool to pry and cut a piece of metal covering the window. Sheriff Barnes said Jose Idel Sid had been inside the same cell since September 2012.

Read: WFMY News 2 Digs Into Escaped Inmates Records

The men covered up their progress of cutting through the metal by reattaching rivets with toothpaste. When they made their escape, the placed objects in their cells under blankets to make it appear like they were sleeping inside.

When they broke through the window, the men dropped 14 feet to a ledge and then another 30 feet to the ground. They used bed sheets that were tied together to help them climb out.

"These guys are there 24/7. They have nothing to do but try and figure out how to get out," Barnes said.

Sheriff Barnes says his staff members should have been following proper procedure and checking to make sure windows in the jail were properly secure. He also added the jail was not contructed by a company that typically builds jails. As a result, the jail does not have a third bar going across the window, which Barnes says would have prevented the men from squeezing out of the 15 x 13 inch window.

"The materials and stuff they used were not up to grade. But, that's not the reason this escape occurred. The reason this escape occurred is human error. There are policies and procedures in place. Those policies and procedures were not followed. We're following up on that as we speak. We're trying to determine exactly why it occurred and we'll take the appropriate action once we have that established," Sheriff Barnes said.

Both men face charges involving indecent liberties with a minor. The Sheriff's Office has notified the families of the men's alleged victims. However, Sheriff Barnes says those families do not appear to be concerned.

WFMY News 2

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