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New Mexico inmate facing several charges, including attempted murder, released by mistake

Duwin Perez-Cordova photo by Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center

Authorities in New Mexico are looking for a prisoner who's facing several charges, including attempted murder, and was mistakenly released in downtown Albuquerque.

Duwin Perez-Cordova, 27, had been in custody since December on charges including attempted murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, aggravated battery, racketeering and conspiracy. Perez-Cordova was dropped off early Sunday morning, June 10, at a downtown intersection near Albuquerque's Civic Plaza, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County.

Candace Hopkins, spokeswoman for the detention center, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday morning, but she told the Albuquerque Journal that Perez-Cordova boarded a bus before 2 a.m. Sunday. Citing court documents, the Journal reported that Perez-Cordova used another inmate's "identifier" to leave the detention center. Hopkins said jail staff realized the mistake three hours later.

"He is considered violent, and we're asking people to not approach him if they do see him," Hopkins told the Journal, adding later: "We need to look at how this happened and how we can change our practices and policies at MDC to make sure it doesn't happen."

Perez-Cordova was also being held on a federal warrant. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Perez-Cordova was arrested on Dec. 14 after he shot someone at an Albuquerque laundromat and carwash. He locked himself inside an apartment, but eventually surrendered to authorities. The Marshals Service said he drove a stolen vehicle and used a stolen shotgun at the time of the shooting.

"The citizens of Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque are safer because a habitual, violent criminal offender is behind bars and will be held accountable for the crime committed," the Marshals Service said in a news release announcing Perez-Cordova's arrest.

Perez-Cordova has an extensive criminal history and had previously been deported, the Marshals Service said.

Online court records show he had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and injuring or tampering with a motor vehicle. Sentencing in that case had been on hold pending the outcome of other cases against Perez-Cordova.

Officials said an internal investigation is underway to find out how Perez-Cordova managed to escape. It's unclear if the inmate whose identifier Perez-Cordova used was scheduled for release. A judge has issued a warrant for escape from custody, authorities said.

The Metropolitan Detention Center said Perez-Cordova had several tattoos on his elbow and left arm, including two money signs, an Impala sign and "RIP Marcus." He also goes by different aliases: Gilbert/Gilberto Rodriguez, Duwin Perez and Duwin Cordova-Perez.

Those with information about his whereabouts are asked to call the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department at 505-789-7000 or 911.

Story by Kristine Phillips. Phillips is a member of The Washington Post's general assignment team. She previously covered criminal justice, courts and legal affairs at the Indianapolis Star.