‘Deport Us, Por Favor’

Escaped inmates pretend to be illegal aliens after co-conspirator released on virus concerns

SELLS, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says two men who escaped from a Colorado prison said they were Mexican immigrants who wished to be deported when agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border found them.

After some more questioning, agents discovered the men were 35-year-old Jose Rodriguez and 42-year-old Raul Guzman, who had escaped a minimum-security facility in Florence, Colorado, this week.

Prison staff noticed they were missing during a Wednesday inmate count.

The Border Patrol says it arrested a 30-year-old woman who was driving the men, but later said that the aiding and abetting charge she faced was dropped because of coronavirus-related restrictions.

It says the men claimed to be immigrants here illegally and wished to be immediately returned to Mexico.

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At some point, the agents figured out that was not the case.

Rodriguez and Guzman were each serving drug sentences.

They have been turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

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