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Inmate sneaks gun stolen in Wichita into Oklahoma County Jail

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013, at 4:31 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013, at 4:31 p.m.

A man who reportedly vowed to “go out in a blaze of glory” if he ever faced prison again apparently wasn’t using his head when he sneaked a stolen gun from Wichita into jail when he was pulled over earlier this month in Oklahoma City.

Instead, Mark Valadez used his tail – stuffing the two-shot, .22 caliber Derringer into his rectum, law enforcement officials said.

The gun went undetected when Valadez was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on the morning of Sept. 1, about 7 hours after he reportedly stole the weapon and a car from his mother’s house in southwest Wichita. Valadez had been pulled over by an Oklahoma City police officer.

“Once he was upstairs in his cell, there were some inmates that got concerned because he was bragging about it and had removed it” from his body cavity, Mark Myers, public information director for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, said of the gun on Wednesday.

The Derringer was confiscated and Valadez, 33, faces numerous charges in connection with the concealed weapon.

A police report states Valadez’s mother called 911 at about 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 to report he had stolen a car and two guns – the Derringer and a .38 handgun – from a house in the 1300 block of South St. Paul. That’s just southeast of Newman University in west Wichita.

She told police that Valadez has “drug and mental problems” and had previously remarked he will “go out in a blaze of glory” if he is facing prison time again, a police document on the Wichita incident states.

Valadez has spent time in the Winfield Correctional Facility and other prisons around the state for convictions that include driving under the influence, aggravated battery and criminal restraint, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

A records clerk with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said it’s not uncommon for inmates to attempt to conceal weapons – including knives – inside body cavities.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she said.

But Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said he can’t recall a recent occasion in which someone being booked into the Sedgwick County Jail had hidden a weapon inside a body cavity.

“I don’t think that particular circumstance happens very often here,” he said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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