Two Inmates Escape Jail in Dona Ana County

POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:01am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:45pm

DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M.- Police are searching for two inmates that escaped from a juvenile detention center in Dona Ana County last night.

Jesus M. Loera, 18,  and Joshua Hernandez, 16, escaped from the J. Paul Taylor Center, a juvenile detention facility operated by the Children Youth and Families Department.

Loera and Hernandez overpowered a juvenile detention officer, tied the officer up, took the officer’s facility keys and escaped out of the back of the facility. Once outside, the two climbed over a fence and fled in an unknown direction.

Jesus M. Loera of Anthony:
- Hispanic male
- 18 years old
- 5’8”/150
- Hair – Black Eyes – Brown
- Tattoos – right arm “PELON” left arm “P” left leg “WS”

Joshua Hernandez of Mesquite:
- Hispanic male
- 16 years old
- 5’8”/170
- Hair – Black Eyes - Brown

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is handling this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the New Mexico State Police, District 4 (Las Cruces) office at (575) 524-6111.

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