Escaped inmate back in Brunswick County custody

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

An inmate who escaped from the Brunswick County Detention Center last September is now back in custody at the Brunswick facility.

On April 8, officials with the North Carolina Department of Corrections transported Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar to Brunswick County from Maryland. He had been in custody since he was arrested in Maryland during a routine traffic stop in November 2009, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Gause.

Before being picked up by Baltimore Police in November, Rodriguez-Aguilar had been on the run since Sept. 27, 2009, when he was wrongfully released from the detention center after stealing the identity of another inmate.

Rodriguez-Aguilar had been in the detention center since Sept. 17, 2009, on a failure to appear warrant as well as an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer.

In a previous interview with the Beacon, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram called Rodriguez-Aguilar’s release, “carelessness” rather than “accidental.”

After an internal investigation into Rodriquez-Aguilar’s release, detention officer Jamie Lynn Jenrette was fired Oct. 2, 2009. Jenrette, 25, who was originally hired at the sheriff’s office in December 2006, was making an annual salary of $31,584 when she was fired.

Ingram said the detention center has a redundant system in place for releasing inmates, which was not followed by the detention officer. While he said the sheriff’s office would review currently policies and procedures for releasing inmates, he said they were “sound.”

“An inmate can only be [accidentally] released through carelessness or lack of paying attention,” Ingram said.

“Had the detention officer followed protocol, there is no way an inmate would have been accidentally released. In a nutshell, the detention officer did not look at the photo, verify the armband or look at the photo on the property bag,” before releasing Rodriguez-Aguilar, Ingram said.

Rodriguez-Aguilar was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretences, one count of identity theft and one count of misdemeanor escape from a local jail.

Rodriguez-Aguilar is in custody at the detention center on a $25,000 secured bond and an ICE detainer.