Roosevelt Co. Jail makes changes after inmate escape

Roosevelt County Jail
Roosevelt Co. Jail makes changes after inmate escape.

ROOSEVELT COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The Roosevelt County Jail director says changes are in the works following the escape of an accused murderer.

Senovio Mendoza was on work detail earlier this month when he used a pick axe to attack a guard and took off in his car, he was caught a few hours later.

Mendoza was being housed in Roosevelt County because of overcrowding in Eddy County.

Jail Director David Casanova says if they knew Mendoza was an accused murderer, they never would have allowed him on work detail.

Casanova says they have an agreement to only house medium and minimum security inmates from other counties and when they got his paperwork from Eddy County the murder charge was not included.

The jail director says they are re-doing their contract with other counties, making it clear they won’t house any inmate accused of specific violent crimes including murder.

They will also be conducting more in-depth background checks on their own, and will not rely on the information provided by other counties. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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