One jail escapee caught
Jose Idel Sid, one of two men who escaped from the Guilford County Jail in High Point last month, is back in jail due to an alert jailer.
Sid, 36, was arrested Tuesday under a John Doe warrant by Greensboro police for a assault on a female and assault on a police officer. He was processed without a name because he was uncooperative with the arresting officer.
After arriving at the County Detention Center in downtown Greensboro, Sid was recognized by a detention officer as one of two men who escaped March 16.
During the escape he was accompanied by Jose Alberto Hernandez-Hernandez who remains at large. The two men were in jail on charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Sid also was in jail on an immigration detainer because he was in this country illegally.
Sid, also known as Jose Joaquin-del Cid Sosa, had been in the High Point jail since Aug. 12, 2012, awaiting trial and possibly deportation. His escape from the jail was the first in more than 18 years.
Authorities posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the two men who escaped after climbing through a 15-by-13 hole in a jail Plexiglas window. Once through, they used tied sheets to shimmy down the 30-foot wall to the building’s ledge. Then they jumped another 14 feet to the ground below.
“The escape was a result of complacency on the part of the detention staff and a weakness in the design of the building,” said Sheriff BJ Barnes, “but mostly complacency. His recapture was the result of an alert detention officer who recognized the suspect and immediately took the necessary steps to identify the suspect who was in jail.”
Sid would have been placed under a $2,500 bond. With his recapture, Sid will have no bond.
“Without this officer’s vigilance he could have easily made bond and been gone again,” Barnes said.
Meanwhile, the search continues for Hernandez-Hernandez.
“And will continue to do so until he too is back in custody,” Barnes said. “I have always felt they were still in the area.”
Anyone who may have information on Hernandez-Hernandez should contact the sheriff’s office at 641-3690.