Dona Ana County jail absconder arrested in Sunland Park

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A Sunland Park man who failed to return to jail after being let out on furlough has been arrested.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials say 27-year-old Christopher Fuentes was taken into custody Thursday in Sunland Park.

They say Fuentes is back in jail and being held without bond. He’s now charged with escape from jail and contempt of court.

Fuentes was released on furlough on Dec. 7.

According to the conditions of his furlough, he was scheduled to return the following day by 9 p.m.

Authorities say Fuentes was awaiting trial on charges of battery on a peace officer, assault on a household member, resisting or obstructing and disorderly conduct. 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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