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Fugitive mistakenly released after capture in New Mexico

June 5, 2019

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an escaped Arkansas inmate who was arrested in New Mexico is on the lam again after he was mistakenly released.

State police say 47-year-old Geronimo Espericueta had not yet been detained Wednesday after a Doña Ana County magistrate judge released him a day earlier. State Police spokesman Dusty Francisco tells the Albuquerque Journal that Espericueta was released because an officer put his paperwork in the wrong box, which sent it to the wrong judge.

Authorities say Espericueta and another inmate escaped from a Little Rock jail last week by apparently crawling through a bathroom ceiling. They were captured in southern New Mexico.

Espericueta was being held on drug charges in Arkansas before he escaped. The other inmate — 31-year-old Jason Michael Brown — was being held on robbery, burglary and theft charges.

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