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Two Arrested for Role in Seven Texas Prisoners' Escape

Aired February 2, 2001 - 1:22 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Police in Texas have arrested two people who allegedly played a big role in the escape of those maximum- security prison inmates who spent six weeks on the run.

The two are being held in Karnes City, and that's where Nina Martinez of CNN affiliate KSAT is now -- Nina.

NINA MARTINEZ, KSAT REPORTER: Two arrests made early this morning in San Antonio. The couple is being held here at the Karnes County Jail. It's just a few miles from where the actual prison break was made.

Sixty-one year old Raul Rodriguez, the father of Michael Rodriguez, one of the inmates who escaped was taken into custody. So was 41-year-old Patsy Gomez, a family friend. The couple allegedly bought a used suburban, then left it at Wal-Mart parking lot near the prison just one day before the escape. The inmates picked that up that suburban then headed north. Rodriguez and Gomez are facing serious charges.

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SHERIFF BOBBY MUTZ, KARNES CITY, TEXAS, POLICE: These two individuals are being charged with, at this time, facilitating or permitting an escape from a penal institution. There will be seven counts of each charge. In Balyor county, they was magistrating -- the bond there was set at $100,000 per each count, totaling of amount of $700,000 on the seven -- on the two individuals.

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MARTINEZ: Investigators say one more accomplice is out there, but so far, that arrest has not been made -- Joie.

CHEN: Nina, do they think it's only the matter of the vehicle? Was it something that was done after the men got out of prison, or was this something that had been planned before the escape even occurred?

MARTINEZ: It sounded like this was planned because the vehicle was bought two days before the actual escapement. About $3,700 dollars was paid for that suburban. The suburban was dropped off one day before the actual escape happened, so it sounded like there had to be some planning ahead of time.

CHEN: Nina Martinez of KSAT TV, reporting to us from Karnes City, in Texas.

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