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Inmate Deemed Dangerous Tricks Jail, Escapes

Duwin Perez-Cordova allegedly takes another inmate's ID, hops on bus
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2018 9:03 AM CDT
Duwin Perez-Cordova.   (Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – An inmate considered dangerous is on the loose in New Mexico after a surprisingly easy escape: Authorities say Duwin Perez-Cordova hopped on a bus at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo and then was released in downtown Albuquerque. It appears that the 27-year-old, who was accused in a December shooting, posed as another inmate, reports the Albuquerque Journal. The newspaper cites court documents alleging that Perez-Cordova "utilized another inmate’s identifiers”—he apparently took a cellmate's wrist band—before boarding the release bus about 2am Sunday.

Jail officials didn't realize the mistake until about three hours after Perez-Cordova was dropped off. He had been in custody since December, when authorities say he shot a man at a car wash, reports KOB4. Perez-Cordova's criminal history also includes drug and burglary charges. “He is considered violent, and we’re asking people to not approach him if they do see him,” says a jail spokesperson. The facility is investigating the lapse—staffers are supposed to check more than wrist bands before allowing inmates to go free. (Read more inmates stories.)

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