New Mexico

Search continues for escaped New Mexico inmate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Officials in Rio Arriba County are asking for help finding a suspect who's been on the run since Christmas morning, when the sheriff's office says he escaped from custody.

According to court documents, 27-year-old Ricky Martinez fled from the hospital in Espanola where he was being treated for an infection. 

Court documents state that Martinez was able to slip past the corrections officer who had fallen asleep.

Martinez allegedly took the officer's cellphone with him. 

Martinez has a number of tattoos, including one of Jesus on his neck. He also has a lengthy record of violent crimes in New Mexico.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

If you know where he is, call the sheriff's office.


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