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Law enforcement responds to bomb scare at Detention Center

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Vehicles and personnel from the Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police outside the Chaves County Detention Center Monday. (Alex Ross Photo)

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The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office detained a man Monday afternoon in connection with a suspicious device reported at the Chaves County Detention Center.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Roswell Police Department and New Mexico State Police cordoned off the area around the Detention Center while awaiting arrival of the State Police Bomb Squad. A fire truck and one ambulance also were parked nearby.

Undersheriff Charles Yslas said that at 2:34 p.m. Detention Center Administrator Daniel Ornales contacted the Sheriff’s Office and the Pecos Valley Communications Center to report that a man had walked into the Detention Center with a possible explosive device and made comments that Yslas later described as being suspicious in nature.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the man was still on the premises. He was subsequently taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he was being held as of late Monday afternoon. The man’s identity and details about the reported device were not released before press time Monday, as law enforcement was still on the scene awaiting arrival of the bomb squad.

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

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