ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A jail escapee from Arkansas captured by New Mexico State Police last week is on the loose once again, but this time he didn’t have to break out of jail through a ceiling.
A magistrate judge set the fugitive free Monday night because a State Police officer filed the man’s paperwork in the wrong box.
State Police spokesman Dusty Francisco told the Journal that when 47-year-old Geronimo Espericueta, a federal inmate facing drug charges, was booked into Doña Ana County Detention Center, the paperwork was prepared correctly. But the officer inadvertently placed it into the District Court box instead of the Magistrate Court box. So it never reached the judge handling his case.
As a result, Doña Ana County Magistrate Court Judge Samantha Madrid ruled Monday that Espericueta couldn’t continue being detained, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
Doña Ana County spokeswoman Kelly Jameson confirmed to the Sun-News that Espericueta had been released from the county detention center about 9:30 p.m. Monday. She cited Madrid’s ruling as the reason.
Francisco told the Journal State Police were not notified by the detention center or courthouse when Espericueta was released. Now Espericueta is in the wind, and State Police are working with the U.S. Marshals Service to find him again. State Police previously identified him as Geronimo Medina-Espeicuta.