Second Sandoval County Detention Center escapee captured

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Authorities say the second Sandoval County Detention Center escapee, Paul Garcia, has been captured. He and another inmate escaped through a fence at the Sandoval County Detention Center Friday night.

On Sunday, Sheriff Manuel Gonzales with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said an unidentified family member of Garcia informed Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals of Garcia’s whereabouts, saying he was ready to turn himself in.

Around 1 p.m. Sunday, authorities took Garcia into custody in the Meadow Lake area of Valencia County without incident.

Garcia, along with inmate Blake McPherson, escaped from the Sandoval County jail on Friday night by way of a rec yard fence, officials there said.

Garcia had recently been transported to the Sandoval County Detention Center for a court appearance for unrelated charges in that county.

Before that, he was at the Metropolitan Detention Center on murder charges for his connection to a stolen van crash that killed 14-year-old Shaylee Boling and her mother Shauna Arredondo-Boling. Police say Elexus Groves was driving that car and she is also facing murder charges.

Sheriff Gonzales says since his apprehension in Valencia County, Garcia has been booked into MDC and has not yet been interviewed about what happened.

“The investigation leading up to and including the escape from jail, continues,” said Gonzales.

Sheriff Gonzales said Garcia is facing charges for the escape and said at this time it’s unclear if he had any help or committed any other crimes during his time on the run.

“I think anytime somebody leaves for escapes, there’s always a concern for public safety, and obviously we’re very relieved,” said Gonzales.

At this time he said it’s unclear when Garcia will be brought back to the Sandoval County Detention Center, but he said they are handling the investigation into the inmates escape.

Despite Garcia being captured in Valencia County and having escaped the Sandoval County jail, BCSO says they took the lead of finding him since he was slated to go back to MDC after his stint in the Sandoval County jail.