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    NM - 7 men at large after jail escape in Clovis

    CLOVIS, N.M. — Eight inmates, including a convicted murderer and another man being held on an open charge of murder, escaped from the Curry County jail by cutting a hole in the roof, the Curry County Sheriff's Department said.

    All but one man remained at large Monday as agencies around the region were alerted, the department said in a news release.

    Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said at a news conference Monday the department was working on a variety of leads. Authorities are searching an Albuquerque home and following up on a lead in Cactus, Texas.

    "Please do not approach these individuals because they are considered dangerous," Murray said.

    The men were discovered missing at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, when Clovis Police Department officers noticed two people in orange jumpsuits worn by jail inmates running near the jail, Murray said.

    The inmates apparently had used handmade instruments to cut the hole in the roof near a skylight, he said.

    They gained access to the roof area by climbing pipes in a narrow space behind the wall of a shower unit, Murray told The Associated Press.

    "We have a feeling that they have split up and went different ways from finding some of the jumpsuits throughout the city," he said. He declined to answer questions.

    Murray said in the interview he's unsure whether any of the men may now have weapons.

    "It's unknown at this time," he said. "They are dangerous individuals."

    The sheriff's department says among the men are convicted murderer Edward Salas of Clovis and Larry McClendon, who was being held on an open count of murder and aggravated robbery.

    Salas was sentenced to life in prison last month for the 2005 shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, who was killed when shots were fired through his bedroom window as he slept.

    He was being held at the jail before being transferred to the state Department of Corrections, the news release said.

    McClendon of Plainview, Texas, was charged with an open count of murder in March for his role in the January 2007 slaying of a secondhand store owner in Clovis.

    One man, Victor Apodaca, was chased and captured by Clovis police officers, Murray said.

    About 8 a.m. Monday, a Clovis city employee discovered an orange jail jumpsuit in a dumpster several blocks from the jail, Murray said.

    New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said motorists were being stopped and questioned on roadblocks on the outskirts of the eastern New Mexico town early Monday.

    "If they do see or suspect someone who is one of the escapees, they should immediately call 911," Garcia said.

    The other at-large men and the charges against them are: Victor Sotelo, 26, of Portales, aggravated assault; Javier Zapata, 19, of Texico, aggravated assault, shooting at a motor vehicle and child abuse; Raynaldo Enriquez, 19, of Clovis, multiple aggravated burglary, robbery and assault and battery charges; Michael England, 29, of Clovis, tampering with evidence and being a felon in possession of a firearm; Louis Chavez, 18, Albuquerque. The charges against Chavez were not disclosed.

    Federal agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, are assisting in the investigation, the sheriff's department said.

    This escape is not the first for the detention center.

    Last year, the jail changed its procedures and policies after an escape in late 2006 of an inmate who slipped out a door and wasn't missed for two days. The inmate was later captured.

    The most recent escape before Sunday occurred July 15 when a female inmate hid behind a food cart and was able to reach the street, the Clovis News Journal reported. The woman was caught seconds later after she was knocked down by a passing vehicle while trying to cross a street.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,409962,00.html

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    Sorry, 2 of the 8 have been captured. So, the headline should read 6 are still at large. The Foxnews story said 7, but the local news has updated the story saying 6 are now at large.

    Updated article: http://www.cnjonline.com/news/clovis...ht_escape.html

    Raynaldo Enriquez was captured around 6:30 this evening in Lubbock.

    So, that leaves 6 still at large.

    I'm praying law enforcement finds them soon!

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    Suspect descriptions from the press release:

    Here is the press release from the Curry County Sheriff's Department regarding Sunday night's escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center:

    ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY



    On 8/24/08 at approximately 9:45 PM, it was discovered that 8 inmates had escaped from the Curry County Adult Detention Center at 801 Mitchell Street in Clovis. 1 inmate, Victor Apodaca was located and captured by the Clovis Police Department. Still at-large are:



    •- Victor Sotelo - 26 years of age, 5'3", 135 lbs, Black hair, Brown eyes. Tattoo on stomach "SHORTY". Pending charges for Aggravated Assault.



    •- Larry McClendon - 19 years of age, 6'1", 152 lbs, Black hair, Brown eyes. No tattoos. Pending Murder and Aggravated Robbery Charges.



    •- Javier Zapata - 19 years of age, 5'4", 165 lbs, Black hair, Brown eyes. Tattoos on back "ZAPATA"; right arm: "JAVIER", "EVA" and a cross. Tattoo on chest: "OLGA". Pending charges for Aggravated Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony, Shooting at a Motor Vehicle and Abuse of a Child.



    •- Raynaldo Enriquez - 19 years of age, 5'10", 210 lbs, Brown hair, Brown eyes. Tattoos: "JERIMIAH" on neck, Clown with Skull on right shoulder. Pending multiple Aggravated Burglary, Robbery and Assault/Battery charges.



    •- Michael England - 29 years of age, 5'7", 130 lbs, Black hair, Brown eyes. Tattoo on back: "Only God Can Judge Me." Tattoo on right forearm: "South". Tattoo on left forearm: "Side". Pending charges for Tampering with Evidence and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.



    •- Edward Salas - 21 years of age, 5'5", 180lbs, Brown hair, Brown eyes. Tattoo on back: "SALAS". Tattoo on right arm: "LISA". Convicted of Murder and was pending transfer to the NM Department of Corrections.



    •- Louis Chavez - 18 years of age, 5'2", 177 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes. Tattoos: Chest - "FEAR NONE", Both arms: Tribal patterns.

    http://www.cnjonline.com/news/escape...ail_press.html

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    Oh, Thanks so much for posting this information! Living in Oklahoma, we need to be aware of people like this on the run. No telling where they will head and they sound quite dangerous. Scary. Very scary!
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    Here's a link w/pics of Salas and McClendon:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/us...RF.html?ref=us

    ETA: Found a better link, pics of more of the dirtbags:

    http://lubbockonline.com/stories/082...22980844.shtml
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    I actually live in New Mexico, although it does not appear that any originate from my area. However, I suppose they could head anywhere while on the run. It is actually disconcerting how many prisoners escape from the jails in this state, but usually it is from lower security facilities. Hopefully, they will be rounded up soon with no one getting injured in the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeriouslySearching View Post
    Oh, Thanks so much for posting this information! Living in Oklahoma, we need to be aware of people like this on the run. No telling where they will head and they sound quite dangerous. Scary. Very scary!

    ITA.
    I wish they would have released this sooner. Unfortunately, since the last guy was captured in Lubbock, my guess is that a few of these guys are already in Mexico.
    There is always HOPE!!!

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    5 are still on the run.

    One more was captured last night, bringing the total now to 5 still on the run.

    Police say Javier Zapata was captured around 11:15 last night in Cactus, Texas.

    The 5 still remaining at large are: Edward Salas, Larry McLendon, Michael England, Louis Chavez and Victor Sotelo.

    http://www.cnjonline.com/news/clovis...ht_escape.html

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    5 inmates remain at large, police arrest family and friends of escaped inmates.

    http://www.cnjonline.com/news/jail_2...h_inmates.html

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    ANOTHER SUSPECT HAS BEEN CAPTURED.

    Thursday evening, authorities apprehended Victor Sotelo in Albuquerque.

    Four remain at large.

    http://www.cnjonline.com/news/captur...ee_fourth.html


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    Thank You Kaylynn for keeping us updated! At this point I am just coming here rather than the local media to get the latest! Alot of people I've talked to here weren't aware of the escape.



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