Pair of jail inmates arraigned in city court on felony escape charges
A church burglary suspect who allegedly tried to escape from the Genesee County Jail had an alleged accomplice, the Sheriff's Office revealed today.
Along with 22-year-old John Anthony Cabrera, Paul Joseph Doctor, 34, of West Main Street, Batavia, is facing an escape in the first degree charge. The charge is a Class D felony.
Both were arraigned in Batavia City Court today.
According to Investigator William Ferrando, Doctor aided Cabrera by giving him a boost into the ceiling area of the jail dormitory.
Cabrera then allegedly used the jail air duct system to access the correction officer locker room and stole a CO's uniform and boots.
Somehow, Cabrera allegedly then made his way into the basement area under Genesee Justice (the old Sheriff's Office), which effectively meant he was out of the jail and an alleged escapee.
According to Ferrando, Cabrera was unable to proceed further because by that time corrections officers discovered he was missing. Jail-escape protocols were initiated, which included law enforcement setting up a perimeter around the building at 15 W. Main St., Batavia.
The Cabrera case, which includes multiple felonies, including two felonies charged in the Town of Batavia prior to his arrest July 22 for an alleged church burglary, will be presented to the Grand Jury on Tuesday, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said.
In the Town of Batavia, Cabrera was charged with possession of stolen property, 4th, and forgery, 2nd, for allegedly possessing a stolen credit card and using it.
At the end of June, Cabrera was arrested on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, petit larceny and conspiracy. Cabrera, with an alleged accomplice, was accused of using a rock to smash a window of a parked car and steal a purse from the front passenger seat.
In city court today, besides the escape charge, Cabrera was arraigned on charges of burglary, 3rd, stemming from his alleged attempt to escape from the jail, and criminal mischief, 3rd, for allegedly damaging county property in the process.
Judge Robert Balbick ordered Cabrera held without bail.
"The court has discretion on bail in this matter, but it's clear to the court that no bail in this case would be appropriate," Balbick said.
I seem to recall Lyndon Goodell did something similar attempting to escape while in the County Jail in the late 80's.
that was a valid escape! If I remember right he was out for a few days
(hanging out in Austin Park the whole time!....smoking pot and drinking as I recall!!)
Thank you, Gary.
I don't remember the particulars of the escape. I believe you are correct. However,as I recall, Goodell did something similar, getting into the ceiling and or duct system as well.
When Goodell was recaptured, he was found in Austin Park consuming an alcoholic beverage. Wow, it doesn't seem like it was that long ago, I guess I'm getting old...