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Fugitive from justice but not fashion

Roswell police investigators have surveillance footage they believe shows escaped fugitive Austin Medford. (Source: Roswell Police Department)

Austin Medford, 23 (Source: Roswell Police Department)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Out with the blue jail scrubs, in with the skirt, scarf and pink purse.

Indeed, a man on the run from Roswell police appears to have a new look – and is accessorizing.

Roswell Police Department officers on Tuesday arrested and booked into jail 23-year-old Austin Medford, who was wanted on a warrant out of Fresno, California, on charges of kidnapping, robbery and carjacking, reads a news release sent out Thursday.

“He had been brought to the police station Wednesday afternoon for questioning when he escaped on foot as he was being brought into the building,” police said in the release, which asks for the public’s help finding the fugitive.

Police said Medford fled from the Roswell police station at West Second Street and North Richardson Avenue around 4:20 p.m.

“He was wearing blue scrubs issued to him as a prisoner of the Chaves County Detention Center,” authorities said.

But not anymore, it seems.

Some 2 hours and 20 minutes after RPD sent out its initial news release, it issued another, saying investigators found security camera footage that they believe shows Medford.

“Medford appears to now be wearing a red skirt and dark top and may be carrying a pink purse” as well as donning “a shirt, scarf or something else on his head.”

The Roswell Police Department said Medford was last seen around noon Thursday walking west on the New Mexico Military Institute golf course.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS (8477).

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