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Three suspects arrested for helping capital murder suspects escape jail

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SAN ANTONIO - Authorities arrested three suspects for helping three capital murder suspects escape from the Bexar County Jail.

Gabriella De Arroyo, Michelle Ramirez and Marcos Maldonado were arrested Thursday in connection to Luis Antonio Arroyo, Eric Trevino and Jacob Anthony Brownson's escape from jail. Officials said Ramirez was the getaway driver and the ex-girlfriend of Eric Trevino, who was jailed for capital murder, possession of a control substance, violation of a sex offender charges.

Arroyo is the mother of Luis Antonio Arroyo, who was jailed on charges of capital murder, injury to elderly, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a parole violation.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the accomplices went to the jail Feb. 23 to smuggle narcotics, drugs and tools later used for the escape.

One of the suspects, a 17-year-old man, took the contraband and dropped a "fishing line" to help the inmates get out. Salazar said the trio managed to cut through some mesh in a recreation area around 10:40 a.m., jump out onto a roof and climb down using some bed sheets. They then left in a white 4-door Mercury or Chrysler being driven by a unidentified female.

A short time later, officials learned the suspects were at a restaurant near Blanco and Hildebrand. Officers found them at the restaurant and all three and their suspected accomplice were taken into custody. The three suspects were back in custody in about 40 minutes.

Gabriella Arroyo will be charged with aiding in the escape, which Salazar called the "biggest one of this magnitude" during his tenure.

Salazar said the Bexar County Sheriff's Office is creating a team to inspect "every nook and cranny" of the jail.

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