San Miguel County jail escapee surrenders to state police

San Miguel County jail escapee surrenders to state police

From the Las Vegas Optic

A Las Vegas man sought by police for nearly two days is now back in custody, police announced Monday.

According to New Mexico State Police, 32-year-old Felix E. Romero escaped from the San Miguel County Detention Center’s reintegration facility on Saturday afternoon by breaking a window and walking away.

NMSP responded to the facility around 1 p.m. Saturday, after jail staff reported the escape. Jail staff reported that Romero left the facility wearing a T-shirt and sweatpants, but they were not sure which direction Romero went after exiting the facility.

Around 11 a.m. Monday, after about 46-hours on the run, Romero walked into an NMSP station and “surrendered peacefully,” according to NMSP Lt. Mark Soriano.

Romero was booked back into SMCDC Monday afternoon. He faces a fourth-degree felony charge of escape from a jail, as well as a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property, according to NMSP.

Romero was being held at SMCDC for parole violations relating to a 2018 child abuse case. Romero was first arrested in that case on Nov. 25, 2018, following an altercation with a then-17-year-old girl. According to court records, during a quarrel, Romero threw several items — including a wooden shelf — and grabbed the girl by the throat before shoving her to the ground.

This July, Romero accepted a plea agreement in the case, pleading no contest to felony child abuse. Charges of battery and criminal damage to property were dropped as part of the agreement, and District Judge Gerald Baca sentenced Romero to an 18-month suspended sentence, and placed him on supervised probation.

Romero was arrested Oct. 22 for mul tiple violations of his probation, including failing to report to a probation officer, failing to pay fees and for not enrolling in a court-ordered anger management program. Romero has a lengthy criminal history in New Mexico, with previous convictions for motor vehicle theft, criminal damage to property and DWI.

Romero is scheduled to appear before Judge Baca in District Court on Dec. 11 for a probation violation arraignment hearing. Court appearances for the new charges had not been scheduled as of this writing.