Accused killer on work release beats Roosevelt County worker with pick-axe

PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – A Roosevelt County employee who was beaten with a pick-axe by an escaped inmate is suing the county.

The worker was at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds when he says an inmate named Senovio Mendoza, who was on work release, hit him in the head with a pick-axe, bound him with duct tape, and then stole his county truck.

Mendoza made it all the way to Sudan, Texas, before being captured. It was later found out Mendoza was an accused killer out of Eddy County. Somehow jail officials didn’t know of serious charges against him and approved him for work release.

According to the Portales New-Tribune, the worker is asking for damages to cover attorney’s fees, medical expenses, and any punitive damages the court deems just.

Back when the attack happened the county manager said he took responsibility for the mistake. 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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