Inmate uses ax to escape during work duty

ROOSEVELT COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A dramatic and violent escape of a Roosevelt County inmate.

He used a pick ax to attack a guard.

Sheriff’s officials say 32-year-old Senovio Mendoza junior was on work detail Wednesday at the fairgrounds when he used the ax he was working with to hit a guard over the head.

It left him with a severe gash.

Mendoza then bound the guard with duct tape and took off in his car and fled all the way to Muleshoe, Texas.

The Roosevelt County Manager spotted him and followed Mendoza until authorities arrived.

Mendoza then led them on a chase to Sudan, Texas where he was finally stopped and arrested.

That’s 55 miles from the point of escape.

The Roosevelt County Detention Center has had a lot of escapes.

Last year there were two involving 5 inmates all of whom got out through an air conditioning unit.

And KRQE News 13 has learned Senovio Mendoza junior, the latest escapee is an accused murderer.

He and another man are accused of putting on masks, claiming to be police and raiding a home in Artesia, then shooting a man in the head,

According to online court records that case is still pending.

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