UPDATE: Prisoner who escaped in Las Cruces found in El Paso


UPDATE: Ralph Miera, 40, who had escaped during a prisoner transport using a guard’s gun in Las Cruces, was found in El Paso on Wednesday.

A Las Cruces Police news release, said it is believed that Miera stole a pickup truck from a Las Cruces house on Lenox Avenue and drove it to El Paso.

ORIGINAL: A California prisoner has escaped and is considered armed and dangerous in Las Cruces after he used one of his guards gun to escape.

Las Cruces Police are looking for Ralph Miera, who escaped at about 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday around the Elks Drive and Main Street area.

Miera was being transported from Riverside, Calif. to Pueblo County, Colo. by a private security transport company, police said.

At some point, Miera was able to gain control of one of the officer’s weapons. He ordered one guard into the cage area of the van and forced the other officer to drive.

He exited the van on Main Street between Elks Drive and the Century 21 Motel.

Police said Miera was in custody on a warrant for auto-theft, burglary and contempt of court.

He is described at 5-feet, 10-inches and about 130 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last wearing a black and white jacket, red shirt, black and green plaid pants and black Nike shoes. He has tattoos on both arms and the right side of his face.

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