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Should judge have released robbery suspect from jail?

Las Cruces Police Dept.
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 6:34pm

Should Guy Jamie Young have been released from the Doña Ana County jail on a drug possession charge the day before he allegedly attacked an elderly couple with a hammer?

Local 4 News is seeking answers.

As we reported, the 42-year-old was arrested for the attack Wednesday, but the day before had been arrested on a separate drug possession charge.

He waived his right to a trial and pleaded no contest.

He was still on probation for a 2006 armed burglary in Otero County, for which he served four and a half years in prison.

The New Mexico Dept. Of Corrections spokeswoman, Alex Tomlin, tells Local 4 News they were alerted to Young's arrest on Tuesday, but before they could file what's called an 'arrest and hold', Magistrate Judge Conrad Perea already agreed to accepting his no contest plea and released him.

The jail officers were supposed to inform Young that he had to report to his probation officer in Hobbs.

According to Tomlin, Young never showed up to report in Hobbs.

It was the following day that Las Cruces police say he attacked Charles and Patsy Greene at their home in the 800 block of Camino del Rex and took off with with their pickup truck.

He was arrested at a nearby rest stop.

Patsy was taken to a local Las Cruces hospital where she was released Wednesday, while her husband Charles is listed in good condition at Del Sol Medical Center.

Young now sits in the Doña Ana County jail on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. His bond is now set at $1 million, by Conrad Perea.

We called the magistrate judge's office late Friday afternoon. We are unsure if he has received our messages asking for comment.

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