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Algodones man arrested after allegedly breaching protection order

A 33-year-old Algodones man is charged with burglary and aggravated criminal harassment.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 21, a Sandoval County deputy responded to a call for a violation of a protective order on the 1200 block of NM Highway 313.

The MP contacted Armando Escarcega after seeing him emerge from a house drunk. When asked what he was doing there, he said his mother had picked him up from work and had been home ever since.

He then admitted that his mother had been given a restraining order a month ago, according to a criminal complaint.

The mother later told the deputy that when she returned from a Special Olympics event with a family member, she found the suspect inside the house eating. He had entered through the front door, which was unlocked.

The two then argued before she called the sheriff’s office.

Escarcega was arrested and is charged with aggravated criminal harassment for allegedly violating an active restraining order, and burglary for entering the home without permission, the complaint states.

Both crimes are fourth degree crimes.

Escarcega made no pleas in a first appearance.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 22 at 1 p.m.

If convicted, he could face up to 3 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.

The complaint does not say why the mother was subject to a protective order against Escarcega.