A former jail inmate who helped two other Carson City inmates escape over the weekend has been apprehended and re-jailed, according to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.
The story started when two jail inmates were seen running from jail trash receptacles – inmates Matthew Marizza and Cody Abernathy. It was learned that the two escapees jumped into a white mini-van provided by a former inmate, Austin Rivers, and were later spotted driving on Hells Bells Road.
When deputies found the mini-van nobody was in it. Deputies searched the area but found nothing. The deputies ran a check on the vehicle and it came back to Austin Rivers who, as stated earlier, had just recently bailed out of the Carson City Jail. The picture was starting to get clearer. Rivers had been a jail-mate with Marizza and Abernathy and the three had plotted their escape together.
To make a long story short, law enforcement caught up with both Austin Rivers and Matthew Marizza in Sacramento but they’re still looking for Cody Abernathy.
Update Carson City Escaped Inmates
At 6:43 p.m. on June 26th, two Carson City Detention inmates escaped from the jail during an inmate work program detail. Inmates Matthew R. Marizza, 27, and Cody J. Abernathy, 28, were reported running from the outside trash receptacle area by the detail civilian supervisor. Surveillance systems disclosed the inmates got into a white mini-van and fled east on Fifth Street. At 6:44, a responding patrol deputy reported having seen the suspect vehicle on Fifth Street near Hells Bells Road. The vehicle was located at 6:51, however the occupants had already fled on foot. Intense searches into the night failed to locate the inmates and the searches in the area of Carson River were called off late in the evening.
Retake Warrants were issued for the arrests of both inmates. When Marizza was booked into the jail on May 8th, he listed a Sparks, NV home address on Oakwood Drive. When Abernathy was booked into the jail on June 3rd, he listed a Douglas County residence on Kimmerling Road.
Marizza was set to appear in Carson City Justice Court on July 7th for theft charges with a $5,000 bail. Abernathy was set to appear in Carson City Justice Court on June 30th for drug and weapons charges with a $10,000 bail. He also was set to appear in District Court on July 6th.
On June 26th, the registered owner to the vehicle used by the escaping inmates was contacted. Austin Wayne Rivers, 30, was contacted and interviewed by Detectives. He originally claimed to have abandoned the vehicle. However, it was determined that Rivers had been taken into custody by Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies on June 25th for misdemeanor warrants. While he was detained at the jail, Rivers had been housed with Marizza and Abernathy in the same detention area. It was determined that Rivers bailed out of jail just hours earlier on the day of the escape and that his vehicle was pre-positioned outside the back area of the jail (where the inmates fled from). On June 27th, 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.
During the morning of Sunday, June 27th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Sacramento CA 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 escape inmates from Carson. The vehicle was later reported stolen by the registered owner in Carson.
Carson City Sheriff’s Detectives and Sacramento CA Police and Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of the Ford Pickup truck. It has been determined that the vehicle was likely stolen on the evening of June 26th 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. Inmate 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 taken into custody and book 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 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.
While neither Abernathy nor Rivers have a history of violence, he should be considered dangerous and should not be approached. This investigation is on-going. 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.
Ken Furlong, Sheriff
12:35pm Carson City Firefighters are headed for the south end of Washoe Valley on a report of a brush fire. Washoe County Firefighters will be teaming up with them to knock the fire down.
Sounds like they’ve got the upper hand on the blaze.
7:55pm Arriving firefighters discover large dumpster fire at 5241 Metric in north Carson City. Fire is being put out. No danger to surrounding properties.
Home computer caught fire. Homeowner managed to get it out to the back yard. Minimal damage to the computer room.
12:48pm – Fire broke out at a home on Carrie Street. Started inside the home and may have spread to the backside of the home. Everyone was able to get out of the house. Fire-Rescue is on scene and appears to have the situation under control.
12:55pm – Fire knocked down.
Carson City Jail
Notice from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office:
Saturday evening at around 6:45pm Inmate Trusty Matthew Marizza and Inmate Trusty Cody James Abernathy, escaped from the Carson City Jail. An Escape Warrant has been issued. This is a “No Bail” warrant.
Matthew Marizza, 27
Matthew Marizza is described as a 27 year old White Male Adult, 5’11”, 170 pounds, with shaved brown hair and brown eyes. He has visible tattoos with “775” and “Pray for me” on the right side of his face and a rose on the left side of his face. A woman’s face is on the right and left side of his neck. His arms are full of tattoos or “sleeved”. Matthew was last seen wearing a tan shirt, tan pants, and white shoes. Matthew Marizza’s last known address was in Sparks.
Marizza’s partner in crime Cody Abernathy is described as a 28 year old White Male, standing 6 feet, 185 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He has visible tattoos: Black skull with a gas mask on his right hand; a red and black cross on his right forearm and black skull on his left hand. He also has a black star on his left forearm. Cody was last seen wearing a tan shirt, tan pants, and white and red shoes. Cody Abernathy’s last known address was in Gardnerville..
If anyone knows the whereabouts of these two escapees, please contact your local Law Enforcement Agency or call 911 if you have any information on the whereabouts of Matthew Marizza or Cody Abernathy. Do not attempt to apprehend or approach them. But if you see them, call 911 and hope the two jail breakers will be caught and taken back to jail for quite a longer sentence.
Drivers from all over the Carson City area have been complaining that Highway 50 East is deteriorating at a rather fast clip. And the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) couldn’t agree more. They’ve sworn to do a complete overhaul on a stretch of pavement from Nichols Lane to Arrowhead Drive. The construction’s “partial closures” will begin in eastern Carson City on Monday, June 28th and Tuesday June 29th as NDOT begins patching the highway surface.
NDOT reports that single lane closures on East Highway 50 will run from Nichols Lane to Arrowhead Drive on Monday from 5pm to midnight and on Tuesday from midnight to 6am and, later that day, 5pm to midnight. Speed limits will be reduced and motorists are advised to follow all road work zone signage. Drivers can expect travel delays of up to 15 minutes or less.
The road patching will reinforce the roadway in advance of a much larger project to fully resurface the highway. In August, drivers will see additional and more extensive lane closures as approximately two miles of U.S. 50 between Asphalt Drive and Nichols Lane is resurfaced.
10:49pm Report of a single vehicle exiting I-580 at Highway 50 East and crashing into a median. Fire-Rescue and law enforcement enroute to the area.
10:54pm The driver has freed the vehicle from the median and is driving north toward Reno.
10:17pm Latino man with a gun is running down Silver Oak Drive. He’s wearing black shorts and a gray shirt. Caution in the area. Law enforcement is enroute to investigate.