Las Cruces, NM - On July 1, 2011, a team of
law enforcement officers made up of United States Marshals, NM State Police, and
Dona Ana County Sheriffs, arrested two escaped prisoners in the 900 block of
Ella Mae in Vado, NM. On June 29, 2011, Jesus Loera and Joshua Hernandez escaped
from the custody of the John Paul Taylor Center in Las Cruces, NM.
Loera and Hernandez assaulted a female guard during the escape. The two
physically assaulted the female guard, one used a phone cord to choke the female
while the other tied and bound her legs and hands. The female was then thrown
into the bathroom in the pod. The juveniles stole the keys to the facility and
the guard's cell phone and proceeded to escape from the facility. The two are
both known West Side Los Pelones gang members and face new charges of Attempted
Homicide in the Commission of a Felony and Aggravated Battery Causing Great
Conrad Candelaria United States Marshal said, "Dangerous individuals come in
many forms to include juveniles as well as adults and it is all of our
responsibilities to aide in removing them from the streets of our communities.
This is another example of when agencies work together we can capture these
criminals quickly and make our communities safer." Loera and Hernandez were
taken into custody without incident and are awaiting their court appearance.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals
can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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