INMATE FOUND: Rodriguez Back In Custody
A Des Moines man who killed an Air National Guardsman is back in police custody.
The Department of Corrections says Orlando Rodriguez escaped from work release Sunday morning when he failed to show up at the Fort Des Moines Correctional Facility.
Authorities found him at a Des Moines home Monday morning. He’s now back in the Polk County Jail.
Police say Rodriguez and his brother Santos stole gas, sped off and crashed into Bruce Mundy’s motorcycle in 2009. Mundy died from his injuries.
Santos was deemed unfit to stand trial. Orlando worked out a plea deal with prosecutors that put him in work release in August. He only served four years of a 10 year sentence.
Before Rodriguez was put on work release, Mundy’s family and friends requested that Rodriguez be required to wear a GPS bracelet, but the parole board ruled against the request.
“It doesn`t surprise us anymore that something is going to fall through the cracks, or an occurrence happens like the escape Sunday morning. I don`t know you just kind of roll with the punches after a while,” Mundy’s girlfriend Lisa Woodring said.
Authorities say Orlando Rodriguez will likely face additional charges for leaving the work release program.