Officials: Suspect who escaped State Pen back behind bars

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Corrections officials say Raymond Lopez is back behind bars after escaping from the State Penitentiary in Santa Fe on Monday.

The state Corrections Department secretary says Lopez walked out of the Level II facility and was able to get civilian clothes. He was spotted and arrested by Santa Fe County deputies walking on Highway 14 about three miles from the prison.

Lopez is serving time for auto burglary and receiving stolen property. He is now charged with escaping.

Officials say they will investigate. The prison is on lock down until further notice. 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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