UPDATE: Baldwin County escaped inmate captured

Baldwin County

UPDATE (10:10 p.m.) — The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says Jose Andre Rosado-Ortiz has been captured.

Rosado-Ortiz was captured just after 10 p.m. Thursday night. Baldwin County’s sheriff says he scaled two razor wire fences and walked out of the jail through a construction site.

Officers spent hours searching for him after his escape. He was found about five miles southwest of Bay Minette in the Crossroads community. It’s been almost 30 years since an inmate escaped from the Baldwin County Jail, and officials are working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

UPDATE (5:43 p.m.) — Authorities tell WKRG News 5 that they’ve received a tip that Jose Andre Rosado-Ortiz has been spotted near D’Olive Street and 225 in Bay Minette. People in the area are asked to shelter in place.

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WKRG) — It seems 41-year-old Jose Andre Rosado-Ortiz has made a life of crime. “He had been arrested by the Fairhope Police Department on several burglary charges. We have had him housed here since February 2019.”

He has also been arrested on drug charges and federal gun charges in Baldwin County and multiple burglary, drug and escape charges in Mobile County.

Early Thursday morning, Sheriff Hoss Mack says he scaled two razor wire-topped fences and walked away from the jail through a construction area. “He was temporarily being housed in this area on the ground floor and he probably used one of the construction entrances to gain access to the street,” says Sheriff Mack.

A five to six-block radius around the jail was searched by officers and by tracking dogs. “While we do suspect he did get into a vehicle until we establish that he has left the area we do ask people to be a little bit more mindful of what’s going on in the area and certainly call the sheriff’s office or Bay Minette Police if they see anything suspicious,” says Mack.

The last escape from this jail was back in the 90’s and while the search continues for Ortiz an internal investigation is underway to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


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