The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) is looking into using iris scanning technology to verify the identities of inmates coming in and out of the jail, after it mistakenly released an inmate who was posing as his cellmate.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Metropolitan Detention Center Chief Greg Rees proposed bringing the system to the Bernalillo County facility on Wednesday.
Inmates’ iris’ would be scanned upon arrival at the facility, and then again prior to release.
The system will cost the county less than $20,000 a year and could be up and running as early as next month, said Rees.
The Bernalillo County juvenile detention center is already utilizing iris scanning technology.
(A New Mexico detention center is looking to use iris scanning technology to verify the identities of inmates coming in and out of the jail after it mistakenly released an inmate who was posing as his cellmate. Courtesy of KOAT and YouTube. Posted on Jun 21, 2018)
Candace Hopkins, Public Information Specialist with MDC explained that on Duwin Perez-Cordova and his cellmate switched identities to be able to get out earlier than expected.
“We believe Mr. Perez-Cordova, would’ve had to given about Mr. Sanchez. So that does indicate that they exchanged information. They really built a narrative,” said Hopkins.
As of Monday morning, Edwin Sanchez, Perez-Cordova’s cellmate, was charged with charged with conspiracy and assisting and escape.
(The hunt is still on for an inmate who was released by mistake from the Metropolitan Detention Center. Courtesy of KRQE and YouTube. Posted on Jun 11, 2018.)
MDC and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to work with law enforcement partners in the search for mistakenly released MDC inmate Duwin Perez-Cordova.
The 27-year-old was last seen at the intersection of 4th St and Roma Ave NW, which is MDC’s downtown release location.
Perez-Cordova had been sharing a cell with Inmate Edwin Lorenzo Sanchez, 23, (DOB 08/05/1994) for approximately one month.
MDC investigators believe Sanchez switched identification wristbands with Perez-Cordova, and also gave him his personal information.
Sanchez had been scheduled to be released Sunday. He has been charged for his alleged role in this incident with conspiracy and assisting with an escape.
Background information on Perez-Cordova:
Duwin Perez-Cordova (DOB 09/10/90) is considered violent and was being held at MDC since December 2017 on several charges which include:
- Attempt to Commit a Felony (First Degree Murder, Felony Murder)
- Shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle
- Shooting at an Occupied Building
- Aggravated Battery (Great Bodily Harm)
- Receiving or Transferring Stolen Motor Vehicle
- Trafficking Controlled Substances
Perez-Cordova has several tattoos, including a money sign on his elbow and a money sign, an Impala sign and “RIP Marcus” on his left arm.
He goes by several different aliases including:
- Gilbert/Gilberto Rodriguez
- Duwin Perez
- Duwin Cordova-Perez