Man on Street Turns in One Jail Jumpsuit for Another Print
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Friday, 04 November 2016 09:15

FRESNO - Late Thursday afternoon, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man walking along M Street in Fresno wearing a red jail jumpsuit with the word prisoner on the back. The man, later identified as 35 year old Michael Rodriguez, walked in front of the main jail lobby and towards the North Annex jail. Court deputies responded and quickly detained Rodriguez.

Rodriguez claimed he found the red jumpsuit in the trash and decided to put it on. He is on active parole for once fleeing a peace officer during a pursuit.  His parole agent authorized a parole hold and Rodriguez was he booked into the Fresno County Jail. The jumpsuit he was wearing was collected as evidence and he was issued another jumpsuit to wear now that he is an inmate.

This is a similar case that happened earlier in the year when deputies booked Isaac McCoy (30) of Fresno into the Fresno County Jail on the 12th of April. Around 5:00 pm that day, deputies responded to the area of North Palm and San Ramon Avenue in Fresno to check the welfare of a man. A witness reported that he appeared to be disoriented and was walking into the roadway.

Deputies arrived and found the man, Isaac McCoy, standing on a median along a frontage road and looking into a parked car. The deputies recognized McCoy from calls in the past and they detained him. For safety reasons, the deputies searched McCoy. He was wearing several layers of clothing, including a red jumpsuit from that Fresno County Jail, which was under his coat and jeans.

The claims he bought the jumpsuit off someone on the streets. A further search revealed various items in his pockets, including four methamphetamine pipes. Two of the pipes had been converted into crack pipes.

As McCoy was going through the screening process at the jail, correctional officers found he was wearing two white t-shirts with the word “PRISONER” on them, which also belonged to the Fresno County Jail. He faces possession of stolen property charges for the shirts and jumpsuit because they belong to Fresno County. He was also issued a new jumpsuit and checked into a floor of the jail.

Anyone with additional information on either of these suspects is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Dispatch Unit at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867). All tips will remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward.