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MDC escapee got help from cellmate

BRITTANY COSTELLO
June 13, 2018 06:21 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Authorities continue to search for an Albuquerque jail inmate who was mistakenly released early.

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Metropolitan Detention Center officials say 27-year-old Duwin Perez-Cordova was released Sunday and was last seen in downtown Albuquerque, where he was dropped off.

Jail officials say they're investigating how the mistake happened, but it appears Perez-Cordova was aided by his cellmate, Edwin Sanchez, who may have switched identification wristbands with him.

Officials say they realized the mistake when Sanchez told an MDC employee that his identification wristband was missing. 

"Those wristbands have things like a picture, personal information about the individual, and in theory, they should not be able to be removed," said Candace Hopkins of the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Sanchez is facing Assisting Escape and Conspiracy charges. According to court documents he was released Monday because probable cause was not found. 

Hopkins said she isn't sure whether the employee who allowed Perez Cordova's release is still handling inmate releases.

Perez-Cordova had been held at the jail since December on charges of attempting to commit a felony, shooting at or from a car, aggravated battery, car theft, drug trafficking, conspiracy, and racketeering. Once caught, he faces new charges of assisting escape and conspiracy.

Authorities say Perez-Cordova is considered violent and shouldn't be approached by the public.

Anyone with information as to Perez-Cordova's whereabouts should refrain from approaching him but instead, call the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department at 505-798-7000 or 911.

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