Two inmates at the Archuleta County Detention Center overpowered detention officers and escaped Tuesday night. They remained at large Wednesday and are considered armed and dangerous.
Jason Snow, 24, and Clifford Todd Reseigh, 45, assaulted two officers at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, then stole a vehicle from behind the jail before heading south on County Road 500 (Trujillo Road), said Archuleta County Undersheriff John Weiss.
A sheriff’s deputy briefly pursued the fugitives on County Road 542, but lost them, Weiss said.
The stolen vehicle was found abandoned on CR 391 (Lower Navajo Road) at CR 359 (Coyote Park Road) near the New Mexico state line south of Pagosa Springs.
The fugitives are thought to be on foot in the area of the Navajo River and Edith.
Officers from the sheriff’s office, Pagosa Springs Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, New Mexico State Police, Jicarilla Tribal Police and Southern Ute Tribal Police were involved in the initial search, as was a San Juan County (N.M.) helicopter.
The search was scaled back at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday, Weiss said. Deputies are still searching in the area of Edith in cooperation with other agencies.
Snow, 24, is described as a white male, 5-7, brown hair, blue eyes and between 150 and 195 pounds.
Snow was awaiting sentencing and an Aug. 3 jury trial to determine if he is a habitual criminal, which would help determine the length of his sentence. He was found guilty in May of first degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and tampering with physical evidence.
Reseigh, 45, is described as a white male, 5-11, brown hair, brown eyes, and 230 pounds. Reseigh was being held on a parole violation.
Weiss cautioned area residents not to attempt to apprehend the fugitives and not to assist them in any way.
The fugitives are assumed to be armed, though no weapons were taken from the detention officers during the assaults.
Any information regarding the fugitives should be reported to Archuleta County Combined Dispatch, by dialing 911.
The detention officers suffered minor injuries. One was transported to Pagosa Mountain Hospital and quickly released, Weiss said.
How the fugitives overpowered the guards is still under investigation.