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Judge: New Mexico counties not at fault in escapee attack

November 21, 2018

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge says two New Mexico counties did not violate a Roosevelt County employee’s civil rights after an escaped inmate beat him with a pickaxe.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports U.S. District Court Judge James Browning recently ruled in favor of Eddy and Roosevelt counties in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Roosevelt County employee Leroy Manzanares stemming from a 2014 attack.

Authorities say Senovio Mendoza Jr., a Carlsbad man being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center, on a murder charge, hit Manzanares in the head with a pickaxe, bound him with duct tape, and then stole his county truck.

Deputies say Mendoza was on work release at the time.

Mendoza then led police on a high-speed chase to Sudan, Texas, before being captured.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/

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