Chaparral Man Target Of Manhunt

Oct 29, 2013


              A Chaparral man is the target of a manhunt headed by the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office.

   According to a criminal complaint, a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Humberto Escajeda on Oct. 24 in Chaparral. At the time of his arrest, Escajeda had a bench warrant for failure to appear.  The deputy transported Escajeda to the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

   The following day, another Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy served an additional warrant on Escajeda, this time for a probation violation following an aggravated-robbery charge in El Paso County.

   During processing, Escajeda was told the $198 cash bond was paid for his traffic offenses and he was free to leave. A lapse in communication between the time Escajeda’s no-bond warrant was processed and the time his traffic citations were paid allowed Escajeda to walk out of the detention center without answering to the no-bond warrant.

   Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are now looking for Escajeda, who was charged Monday with escape from a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony. A nationwide extradition warrant was also issued for Escajeda by Judge Conrad Perea.

   Escajeda, 23, is described as five feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office at (575) 525-8806 or the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (575) 526-0795