Taos felon who took plea in hospital lockdown case on the run again

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 10/24/19

Less than two weeks after signing a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office for his eighth felony case filed in Taos County, Rafael Orozco has violated the terms of the deal and is once again on the run.

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Taos felon who took plea in hospital lockdown case on the run again

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Updated Oct. 28 at 9:20 a.m.

Less than two weeks after signing a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office for a violent felony case filed in Taos County, Rafael Orozco violated the terms of the deal and is once again on the run.

At an Oct. 15 hearing in Taos District Court, Orozco pleaded guilty to battering a health care worker, a fourth-degree felony, and two third-degree felonies filed in separate cases he picked up while incarcerated in the Taos County jail: aggravated battery upon a peace officer, for battering a female jailer in 2017, and aggravated battery, for hitting another detainee roughly 40 times in the head and face in March.

In exchange, the state allowed Orozco, 25, the chance to avoid prison by completing two years at Delancey Street Foundation, a drug treatment center located on San Juan Pueblo. Following that, Orozco was to be on supervised probation for five years.

He made it six days before walking away from the facility, according to Taos County Undersheriff Steve Miera. He said Orozco faces up to 14 years in prison for the violation.

"Late Wednesday night, early Thursday morning, the Taos County Sheriff's Office received word that Rafael Orozco absconded from Delancey Street," Miera said. "Taos Adult Probation and Parole has a pickup order issued for him."

Orozco has three prior felony convictions, including one for battering a New Mexico State Police Officer in 2012. A total of eight felony cases have been filed against him in Taos County.

Miera urged the public to utilize "extreme caution" if they encounter Orozco and to report any sightings to authorities.

Rafael Orozco

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