Inmates captured after escaping from Sandoval County Detention Center


Two inmates that escaped from the Sandoval County Adult Detention Center Friday night (May 5) have been captured.

Blake McPherson, 21, was apprehended by law enforcement in a parking lot in Albuquerque Saturday morning, and on Sunday afternoon (May 7), Paul Garcia, 25, was arrested in Los Lunas, 25 miles south.

It is unknown at this time whether the two defendants will face additional charges stemming from the incident.

Sometime during the night of May 5 under the cover of darkness, the two inmates had escaped from the Sandoval County Detention Center, according to a spokesman for the Sandoval County Sheriff's Department.

The inmates were reported missing from the jail around 10:50 p.m. when they were found to be absent during a routine headcount.

Jail personnel subsequently discovered a breach in a portion of the facility's recreation-area fence line, through which the pair of inmates are believed to have escaped together, climbed onto a roof and descended into an unsecured area, where they fled. A pair of orange jumpsuits was found discarded in a nearby construction area.

Garcia had been arrested in February after stealing a vehicle, which he crashed into a car occupied by a mother and her 14-year-old daughter, killing both women. The defendant faces several charges, including two counts of murder. McPherson was being held on at least one charge for theft of a motor vehicle. The inmates had both been incarcerated in the jail as they awaited hearings on their respective charges.

Law enforcement disseminated a press release to certain news outlets Saturday morning and coordinated a "multi-agency" operation with other county police agencies to conduct the search.