New Mexico Jail Escapees Could Be in Lubbock Area - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/26/08

New Mexico Jail Escapees Could Be in Lubbock Area

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Source: Curry County Sheriff Source: Curry County Sheriff

There are new developments along with new local ties concerning the escape of eight inmates from Clovis, New Mexico on Sunday.

The Curry County District Attorney believes some, if not all, of the remaining escapees are on the loose in West Texas and more specifically the Lubbock area.

Three of the escapees are back behind bars, and New Mexico authorities hope that by increasing the reward money they'll receive tips leading them to the five remaining fugitives - including two men who were being held for murder.

The reward for convicted murderer Edward Salas now stands at $3,000. The 21-year-old was sentenced to life in prison last month for the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy.

Larry McClendon, 19, is the other murder suspect. The reward for information on his whereabouts is now $2,500, authorities are offering $1,500 for Michael England, and the reward for Victor Sotello and Louis Chavez is $1,000 each.

Police in Clovis say the men climbed the pipes behind a wall at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Sunday night. They cut a hole in the roof, and climbed down a nearby tree. Officers captured one inmate, Victor Apodaca, a short time later in Clovis.

A tip led U.S. Marshals and Lubbock Police to a duplex in the 4300 Block of 52nd Street around 7 p.m. Monday. That's where they found escapee Reynaldo Enriquez. Tuesday morning he waived extradition in Lubbock County and remains in the Lubbock County Jail and will soon face the courts in Clovis for his escape.  

Authorities also captured Javier Zapata Monday. He was arrested in Cactus, which is north of Amarillo near the Oklahoma boarder. 

The five men still on the run are considered dangerous. The Curry County DA says, based on the number of tips they are receiving, he believes the men could be in the Lubbock area.

If you see any of these five escapees, authorities say do not try to make contact with them - simply call 911.

Next week America's Most Wanted will profile this entire jail break.

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