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Fugitive who escaped police custody sought by RPD


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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information released Thursday afternoon about surveillance footage obtained by police.

An out-of-state criminal suspect is being sought by Roswell police after he escaped while he was in their custody.

Austin Medford

A message posted on the Roswell Police Department’s Facebook page early Thursday states Austin Medford, 23, fled Wednesday at 4:20 p.m. while being escorted into the Roswell Police Department at the corner of North Richardson Avenue and West Second Street.

Medford was being brought into the station for questioning when he escaped and was wearing blue scrubs issued to him by the Chaves County Detention Center, where he was being held.

A press release issued by RPD Thursday afternoon said police received information earlier in the day from someone who claimed to have seen Medford walking west on the New Mexico Military Institute golf course after having crossed North Washington Avenue.

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Video surveillance footage obtained by police and believed to be of Medford shows him wearing a red skirt, dark top and carrying a pink purse, the press release states. A freeze-frame image of Medford from the footage also shows him with either a shirt, scarf or other object on his head.

Individuals who believe they might have seen Medford, or possess information that could lead to his location and possible apprehension, should contact the RPD at 575-624-6770. A press release later issued by the RPD stated a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that could lead to Medford’s capture.

Police initially arrested Medford Tuesday afternoon and booked him at the Detention Center as an out-of-state fugitive on an active warrant out of Fresno, California.

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state Medford was wanted on an outstanding warrant on charges of kidnapping, carjacking, conspiracy, robbery and terrorist threats.

Medford is one of four individuals facing charges in a Sept. 29 carjacking and robbery outside a motel in Fresno, California, court documents state.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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