Search under way after man escapes from Ariz. jail

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — A search is under way after authorities say a man being held on attempted murder and robbery charges escaped from an Arizona jail.

Maricopa County authorities say they've launched a manhunt for 26-year-old Adan Orduno Jr., who is described by Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) as a violent "troublemaker."

Sheriff's spokesman Officer Christopher Hegstrom says Orduno was being housed in the county jail's psychiatric unit and was discovered missing just before 9 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities originally thought Orduno might have been hiding somewhere at the sprawling south Phoenix jail, which also houses Arpaio's famous "tent city" lockup.

But jail personnel have searched the approximately 600,000-square-foot complex — including tent city — and determined Orduno isn't there. Hegstrom says this is the first escape from the facility.

Authorities are asking the public to call authorities if they see Orduno or have any information about him.

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