Convicted Murderer and Another Violent Inmate Escape Van

March 10, 2016 Updated: March 10, 2016

ROSWELL, N.M.—Authorities in New Mexico are searching for a convicted murderer and another violent inmate who escaped from a prisoner transport van.

The Department of Corrections says 32-year-old Joseph Cruz and 29-year-old Lionel Clah escaped Wednesday night in the Roswell area. Details on how they escaped were not immediately released.

Cruz was convicted of first-degree murder and Clah was convicted of armed robbery and other crimes.

Cruz is Hispanic, 5-foot-5, 165 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Clah is Native American, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair.

Both have multiple tattoos and were bound in shackles and wearing white jumpsuits.

Authorities warn people in the Roswell and Artesia areas to lock their doors and not pick up hitchhikers.


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Posted by New Mexico State Police on Thursday, March 10, 2016