Criminal complaint: Victor Apodaca escape

To read a copy of a criminal complaint filed against Victor Apodaca, the first escaped inmate to be captured after eight cut a hole in the roof at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and escaped Sunday, click the link below. • Criminal complaint against Victor Apodaca

Press release: Sotelo captured

UPDATE 8.29.08: On August 28, 2008 at approximately 11:30 PM (MST), Victor Sotelo was located and arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico by the SWIFT Task Force out of Albuquerque, following a lead that was generated through the task force that has been assembled at the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Arrest affidavit for escapee’s mother, Hester England

Wednesday, Hester England, the mother of a jail escapee made a public plea for her son to turn himself in to authorities. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of harboring or aiding a felon.

Mother of escaped inmate arrested

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hester England, 55, gave an impassioned plea to news media Wednesday outside the jail for her escapee son Michael England to turn himself in. She was arrested Thursday for assisting him after the escape. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On Wednesday, the mother of a jail escapee made a […]

Police report on escape discovery

Officials: Escape collaborative effort

BY Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail took about seven hours to complete, was a collaborative effort between inmates in two pods and required access to a door that’s supposed to be locked. Law officers provided the details on Wednesday afternoon and also released surveillance video that appears to show […]

Audio: Press conference four

Audio: Press conference four, 2 p.m. Wednesday

AP: Four inmates charged with aiding escape

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press Four jail inmates who authorities say helped eight others in a brazen escape were charged Wednesday, as officials kept searching for five prisoners who remain on the loose, including a convicted murderer. Two people close to the fugitives were also arrested. Authorities said the four inmates, who were not […]

Jail escapee sentenced to 15 years

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer One of the Clovis jail escapees who’s been recaptured was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Victor Apodaca also faces four additional years in prison for Sunday’s escape attempt, Chandler said. Apodaca, 39, pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery, assault to commit […]

Escaped killer’s father arrested

CNJ staff The father of an escaped killer has been arrested for obstruction of justice, District Attorney Matt Chandler said at an afternoon press conference. Isidoro Salas, who lives in Albuquerque, was arrested on Wednesday. He is the father of Edward Salas, who was among eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from Curry County Adult […]

Press release: Zapata captured

On August 25, 2008 at approximately 11:00 PM (MST), Javier Zapata, 19, was located and arrested in Cactus, Texas by the US Marshal’s Service, Texas Department of Public Safety Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Audio: Press conference three

Audio: Press conference three, 3 p.m. Tuesday

Audio: Press conference two

Audio: Press conference two, 3 p.m. Monday

Audio: Press conference one

Audio: Press conference one, 10 a.m. Monday

Press release: Enriquez captured

UPDATE 8.25.08

Escape leads to changes at jail

Eight inmates escaped the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Sunday night. As of Tuesday evening five of those inmates remained at large. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement […]

Residents react to news of jail escapees

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When news of eight inmates escaping the Curry County Adult Detention Center reached Valentina Gonzalez, she said she had a swarm of thoughts, all involving the safety of the people around her. Gonzalez, a Friona mother and Clovis Community College student, said she believes the escapees will turn to […]

Escaped killer was due transfer

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Convicted killer Edward Salas was due to be transferred to the state’s Department of Corrections intake facility in Los Lunas, one day after he escaped from the Curry County jail, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Salas was among a group of eight inmates who escaped on Sunday night. He […]

County jail ‘a mess’ and needs changes

We agree with all who say the most pressing issue of the day is catching those who escaped from the Curry County jail Sunday night. Once that’s done, there is an immediate need to establish an independent investigating body to assess the entire jail operation, starting with how this latest jailbreak by eight highly dangerous […]

Reward for information on escapees increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Crime Stoppers has increased rewards it is offering for information leading to the arrests of five escaped inmates. District Attorney Matt Chandler said callers can remain anonymous. Here are the rewards: • Edward Salas, up to $3,000 • Larry McClendon Jr., up to $2,500 • Michael England, […]