Published: 4:50 pm, Thu. Sep. 2nd, 2021
A convicted murderer out of prison on parole was arrested late Wednesday morning on numerous charges after kidnapping a woman and leading law enforcement on an 85-mile chase that continued from Roswell through Artesia before ending near Carlsbad.
Orlando Martinez Flores, 33, has been charged by the Roswell Police Department (RPD) with kidnapping, aggravated assault upon a household member, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer.
Wednesday’s incident began around 10:20 a.m., when RPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Adams Avenue in Roswell in reference to a domestic disturbance. Information provided indicated Flores had argued with his ex-girlfriend and pointed a gun at her and another woman before ordering his ex-girlfriend to enter a vehicle against her will.
Flores then drove the car away from the residence. He was spotted a short distance away by a RPD detective, who attempted to initiative a traffic stop. Flores fled, leading the detective and other law-enforcement personnel through various streets in south Roswell before heading out of town on U.S. 285.
Multiple agencies on the local, county, state and federal levels became involved in various portions of the pursuit, which covered approximately 85 miles in a little more than an hour. Flores was taken into custody without incident when his car ran out of gas on N.M. 137 southwest of Carlsbad.
The kidnapping victim was uninjured, and no law-enforcement personnel or other motorists were injured during the pursuit.
In addition to the charges filed by the RPD, Flores was served with an outstanding warrant for a previous parole violation pertaining to a 2003 first-degree murder charge in Carlsbad. For that crime, Flores served 17-plus years in prison before his release in March.
Flores is being held at the Eddy County Detention Center in Carlsbad