DISTURBANCE AT DETENTION CENTER CAUSED BY CONVICTED MURDERER

DISTURBANCE AT DETENTION CENTER CAUSED BY CONVICTED MURDERER

A Tuesday evening disturbance in the Medical Unit of the Doña Ana County Detention Center was quickly controlled by the staff, but not before convicted murderer Jesse Avalos caused about $5,000 in damage to reinforced glass windows in the restricted-access area.
Avalos and another inmate, Barragas, gained access to a fire extinguisher while confined to the Medical Unit.
Avalos had been confined to the Medical Unit for his own protection following his sentencing for the 1998 murder of Carly Martinez. Barragas, who is incarcerated because..., was in the Medical Unit because...
Avalos and Barragas apparently conspired to attempt an escape during regularly scheduled medical rounds within the Detention Center.
Using the fire extinguisher as a battering ram, they broke several windows out of the cells within the unit. Detention Center staff entered the area within minutes and subdued both inmates with pepper spray. No inmates were injured, except Avalos, who suffered a minor cut on his hand from broken glass.

The attempt was foiled within minutes as detention officers surrounded the unit and waited for the best opportunity to subdue both inmates.
An internal investigation is continuing into the incident, and no further information will be released until the investigation is completed and a determination is made regarding whether charges will be filed.