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State Police catch man who allegedly escaped holding cell in Los Lunas

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New Mexico State Police lost, then re-captured a man arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly being caught in a stolen truck in Los Lunas.

Jesus Jimenez (State Police)

Jesus Jimenez, 40, is charged with escape from custody, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving on a revoked license. He has since been booked into the Valencia County Detention Center.

Officer Ray Wilson, a State Police spokesman, said the agency detained Jimenez for the second time some time before 8:15 p.m.

“He was located and detained in the Los Chavez area near Belen. His method of escape is still under investigation,” Wilson said.

According to online court records, Jimenez was handcuffed and placed in a cell at the State Police headquarters in Los Lunas but, when officers checked later, he was gone.

It was around 2 p.m. when a State Police officer pulled over a stolen pickup truck on N.M. 6, according to a criminal complaint filed in Valencia County Magistrate Court. The driver, Jimenez, was detained and his passengers released.

Police said the officer put Jimenez in a holding cell at the station in Los Lunas. Jimenez told the officer he asked a friend for a vehicle to take his kids to school for registration.

Jimenez said his friend told him there was a vehicle “in an Albuquerque mesa,” which he could use and he picked up the truck Sunday night, according to the complaint.

The officer finished the paperwork to book Jimenez into jail around 4 p.m. and went to the holding cell, which he found empty.

“It is believed Mr. Jimenez escaped the holding cell while still in handcuffs. I then attempted to locate Mr. Jimenez inside and around the station, but was unable to locate the suspect,” according to the complaint.

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