19 DETAINEES FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER JAIL DISTURBANCE

19 DETAINEES FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER JAIL DISTURBANCE

New Mexico State Police will investigate a Jan. 6 disturbance at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, in which 19 maximum-security detainees vandalized a dayroom before surrendering to Special Response teams. From start to finish, the event lasted about two hours.

County Manager Brian D. Haines praised the staff of the Doña Ana County Detention Center, the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Police, Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility and the other responding agencies.

“This all went absolutely by the book,” Haines said. “Everyone at Detention did exactly what they were trained to do, as did the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department team and the support teams from our partner agencies. The fact that no injuries were sustained and security was never compromised is testament to the professionalism of the facility staff and law enforcement.”

The event began at approximately 8:20 p.m. Thursday, when the detainees began smashing windows in cell units adjacent to the day room. They also destroyed a wall-mounted television and its mounting brackets. The housing unit officer on duty, who was situated in a secure monitoring area with visual access, alerted supervisory staff. The entire 846-bed facility went into lockdown immediately, and other agencies were summoned to assist. At the time of the event, the facility was housing 799 prisoners.

Within a few minutes, a perimeter of law enforcement surrounded the building on Copper Loop. Officers, and special response teams from Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Police, Las Cruces Fire, New Mexico State University Police and Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility all responded.

Escape was considered highly unlikely, owing to the construction of the facility and the containment of the uprising to a dayroom reserved for maximum-security detainees.

By 9:30 p.m., the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Special Response Team, with assistance from the Southern New Mexico Correction Facility’s Special Response Team, had formulated a plan to heavily tear gas the affected dayroom to incapacitate the 19 detainees.

Prior to execution of the plan, however, the detainees indicated their desire to surrender without further resistance. The 19 detainees exited the housing area one at a time, at which point they were fully restrained and moved to a secure location within the facility. Other than a few minor abrasions, the detainees were uninjured. No injuries of any kind were sustained by detention or law enforcement personnel.

The lockdown status of the facility was lifted at midnight.

After medical evaluations, the 19 detainees were transported under heavy guard to the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. They are expected to remain there until the dayroom and cell pod affected by the event can be rehabilitated. Once rehabilitation is complete – which is expected to take up to five working days – the detainees will be returned to the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

A dollar amount has not been assigned to the damage caused during the event. The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office will determine what additional charges will be filed against those involved in the disturbance.

The detainees involved in the event were:

* Israel Anaya, 30, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of probation violation, failure to appear and failure to pay fines.

* Julian Cuevas Flores, 31, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of violating a domestic violence order, stalking, breaking and entering, and aggravated assault.

* Stephan Michael Gilbreath, 40, of Chaparral, who was facing charges of aggravated residential burglary and aggravated battery against a household member.

* Hector Eugene Gonzales, 32, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of aggravated assault, failure to appear, failure to pay fines and parole violation.

* Vincente Carrasco Horcasitas, 46, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of possession of heroin with intent to traffic.

* Chad Allen Jones, 22, of Artesia, who was facing charges of probation violation.

* John Taylor Mares, 21 of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of aggravated battery, resisting or obstructing an officer, tampering with evidence and failure to appear.

* Joe Patrick Martinez, 35, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of failure to comply with release conditions, failure to pay fines and parole violation.

* Raymond Refugio Medina, 24, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of aggravated battery.

* Robert John Montes, 30, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of failure to appear, conspiracy, distribution of controlled substances and failure to pay fines.

* Roman Padilla, 35, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of trafficking in narcotics, distribution of an imitation controlled substance, conspiracy, distribution of marijuana, failure to appear and failure to pay fines.

* Alonzo Quezada-Reza, 18, of Hatch, who was facing charges of distribution of controlled substances.

* Ricardo Ramirez, 38, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of probation violation and kidnapping or false imprisonment.

* Sly William Rios, 26, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of failure to appear.

* Guadalupe Romero, 48, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of heroin trafficking.

* Felix Leroy Romo, 33, of Las Vegas, N.M., who was facing charges of possession of cocaine with intent to traffic.

* Lorenzo Rubio, 40, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of failure to pay fines, failure to appear and aggravated battery.

* Jesus Sanchez, 39, of El Paso, who was facing charges of marijuana distribution and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

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* Timothy Thyberg, 27, of Las Cruces, who was facing charges of attempted armed robbery, concealing identity, failure to pay fines and parole violation.

Flores, Gonzales, Horcasitas, Martinez, Medina, Montes, Rios and Thyberg are known to have gang affiliations. Padilla was considered an escape risk.