Tuesday night update:
Escaped inmate Cody J. Abernathy has been located in Carson City and is currently being transported to Carson Tahoe Hospital.
•••5:45 p.m. update:
Austin Wayne Rivers was taken into custody without incident and is being booked at the Carson City Jail. Escaped inmate Cody J. Abernathy remains at large.
•••One inmate who escaped from the Carson City Detention Center on Saturday has been captured and a warrant has been issued for a Carson City man accused of aiding the escape, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Matthew R. Marizza, 27, was apprehended Sunday in Sacramento, California, following a high-speed chase of a truck reported stolen in Carson City.
Cody J. Abernathy, 28, who escaped with Marizza on Saturday, remains at large.
Additionally, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Austin Wayne Rivers, 29, who is accused of aiding the escape by leaving a car the escapees used Saturday.
Cody Abernathy At 6:43 p.m. on Saturday, Marizza and Abernathy escaped from the jail during an inmate work program detail, according to the CCSO release.Surveillance systems disclosed the inmates got into a white minivan and fled east on Fifth Street. At 6:44 p.m., a responding patrol deputy reported having seen the suspect vehicle on Fifth Street near Hells Bells Road. The vehicle was located at 6:51 p.m., however the occupants had already fled on foot. Searchers failed to locate the inmates and the searches in the area of Carson River were called off late in the evening.
On Saturday, Rivers – the registered owner of the vehicle used by the escaping inmates – was interviewed by detectives. He originally claimed to have abandoned the vehicle. However, it was determined he had been taken into custody by Carson City Sheriff’s deputies on Friday for misdemeanor warrants.
Austin Wayne Rivers While he was detained, Rivers had been housed with Marizza and Abernathy in the same detention area and bailed out of jail just hours earlier on the day of the escape. His vehicle was pre-positioned outside the back area of the jail where the inmates fled from, according to the release.Sunday, a warrant for the arrest of Rivers was issued by the Carson City Justice Court for “Aid Felony Prisoner to Escape” with bail set at $200,000. Rivers remains at large and is known to be in the Carson City/Lyon County area.
Warrants for Marizza and Abernathy were also issued for the escape with bail also set at $200,000.
Several additional persons of interest are being interviewed to determine the level of participation. Additional arrests may be anticipated.
Sunday morning, CCSO was contacted by Sacramento California, Sheriff’s Office. Their agency, along with others, were involved in a high-speed pursuit with a vehicle registered to a Carson City business. The occupants of the vehicle had eluded capture after crashing into a ditch, but their descriptions were similar to the two escaped inmates from Carson. The vehicle was later reported stolen by the registered owner.
Carson City Sheriff’s detectives and Sacramento Police and Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of the Ford truck. It has been determined that the vehicle was likely stolen on Saturday evening from the area of the where the inmates were last seen.
Sunday evening, Carson City detectives provided the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office with information of a likely area where one of the inmates might be located.
Marizza was found by sheriff’s deputies within the hour, but required immediate life-saving medical attention. Marizza was treated at a local hospital and later booked into the Sacramento County Jail.
Carson City deputies have been sent to California and assigned to assist authorities in Sacramento in the coordinated search for Abernathy, while Rivers remains at large in the Carson City area.
An immediate review of the circumstances of the escape has been completed and presented to Sheriff Ken Furlong. During the review, it was determined that all of the employees of the detention center acted quickly and within policies and direction for the event. However, the sheriff has initiated an original structural design review of the facility by city staff and fire inspectors to create a plan to correct or mitigate weaknesses that have existed since the building was constructed over 20 years ago. The extent of structural modifications and costs has not yet been estimated.
When Marizza was booked into the jail on May 8, he listed a Sparks home address on Oakwood Drive. When Abernathy was booked into the jail on June 3, he listed a Douglas County residence on Kimmerling Road.
Marizza was set to appear in Carson City Justice Court on July 7 for theft charges with a $5,000 bail. Abernathy was set to appear in Carson City Justice Court on Wednesday for drug and weapons charges with a $10,000 bail. He also was set to appear in District Court on July 6.
While neither Abernathy nor Rivers have a history of violence, they should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.
Anyone with any information regarding the escape is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2677 (COPS), or Secret Witness to remain anonymous.