Four Inmates Escape Gallup, New Mexico Jail - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/03

Four Inmates Escape Gallup, New Mexico Jail

Four inmates, including two charged with murder, escaped from a Gallup, New Mexico jail on Friday, and so far, only two of them are back in custody.

Apparently, the prisoners jumped from the jail's third story roof. One of those captured was injured during the jump and was arrested when he went for treatment at a Gallup hospital.

The other escapee now in custody was caught by police at an Arizona motel after his girlfriend reported he showed up at her house. He was accused of murdering a police officer.

The two men still at large are 19 year-old Eric Leyba and 23 year-old Alejandro Balderama. Leyba is accused of shooting a man to death last March. Balderama is accused of shooting at a house in January.

They escaped from the McKinley County Detention Center wearing blue recreation suits. Gallup is located in the northwest area of New Mexico near the Arizona border, which is about nine hours west of Lubbock. Gallup officials say the escapees could have fled in any direction.

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