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The hunt for an inmate who escaped from the Chaves County Detention Center continued throughout Monday as local law enforcement was deployed in and around Roswell.
Deputy Sheriff Charles Yslas said late Monday afternoon that MPs and officers from the Roswell Police Department had spent the day following the information they had received about the fate of Daniel Cobos, 37 , searching at least eight or nine houses where it was thought he might be.
âAs soon asâ¦ we are done with one tip, we go straight to the next,â he explained.
Cobos is described by authorities as 5 feet nine inches, 120 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair, and heavily tattooed. The tattoos include artwork on his neck, as well as a mustache, goatee, and eyebrows tattooed on his face.
Yslas said a photo of Cobos was widely shared on social media. âWe ask the audience to take a good look at the photo and if you see someone who looks like this, please give us a call and let us know,â he said.
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Authorities warn, however, that people should not attempt to approach Cobos themselves as he is considered armed and dangerous.
“We ask people to call 911 if they meet or hear about him in any location,” Yslas added. Those with information can also contact the Sheriff’s Office directly at 575-624-6500.
Cobos was reported missing from the Chaves County Detention Center at 10:27 p.m. on Sunday, sparking a frantic search for the inmate who was being held for failing to appear for the felony; possession of controlled substances; and resist, elude or hinder an agent.
Electronic court records indicate that a warrant has been issued against Cobos for prison escape.
Authorities, including Yslas and Chaves County Director Bill Williams, stressed that the investigation into how the Cobos escaped was still ongoing and would not comment. But court documents say he escaped through the ceiling and armed himself with what is described as an improvised weapon.
Once it was determined that he had escaped, deputies – working with officers from the Roswell Police Department – searched the interior of the facility and other buildings within the grounds of establishment, Yslas said.
Drones and dogs were eventually deployed to help with the search, which spread to adjacent properties and gradually spread outward, and now includes all of Roswell.
Williams said that in response to the escape, all inmates were moved away from the area where Cobos was staying and where the escape is believed to have taken place, and are now being accommodated in other parts of the facility.
Electronic court records indicate that in addition to charges of resistance and obstruction resulting from an incident in August, Cobos is due to stand trial in February on two counts of armed robbery and one count of resistance, escape or obstruction of an officer in another matter. .
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or [email protected]