Mistakenly released inmate back in custody

John “ToyToy” Garcia was taken into custody Tuesday morning after being mistakenly released from the jail.

CNJ staff

John “ToyToy” Garcia, an inmate released in error from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, turned himself in to his parole officer Tuesday morning.

According to Tia Bland, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Corrections, Garcia, 31, of Clovis was taken into custody and returned to the jail around 10:30 a.m.

Authorities believe Garcia’s girlfriend convinced him to surrender after she spoke with his parole officer Monday night.

“Last evening Mr. Garcia’s probation and parole officer went to visit (Mr.) Garcia’s girlfriend and asked her to speak with him and asked her to relay that it would be a good idea to turn himself in,” Bland said.

The girlfriend called the officer Tuesday morning and informed him Garcia would turn himself in at the Clovis Adult Probation and Parole Office, Bland said.

He was released Saturday in what jail officials classified as a paperwork oversight.

Garcia was at the jail on a hold from the DoC parole board pending a meeting to discuss his status and recent charges he incurred while on parole, including felony aggravated battery against a household member.

Bland said Garcia will remain at the jail until a parole hearing is scheduled.