Police arrest York

February 24, 2011 • Local News

The Odessa Police Department apprehended Tracy York, 37, on Sunday. The Roswell woman was wanted by Roswell Police Department for elder abuse, with a warrant issued on charges of neglect of a resident. York was arrested at 3808 N. Texas Ave., Odessa, Texas, on charges of a fugitive from justice.

She is being held in Ector County Jail, without bond. Sgt. Duesler of the Ector County Sheriff’s Office explained the process of extradition from Texas.

“She’s already appeared before the magistrate. The next step is she [auth] will go before the district judge when we ascertain if she is the person wanted. At that time, she will be asked to sign a waiver (of extradition). If she refuses, then we will have to get a governor’s warrant.” York’s mother Mary Ford was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 4, severely malnourished.

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center emergency department personnel filed a report with the RPD. Also on Feb. 4, York was taken to Chaves County Detention Center on unrelated charges of failure to appear, and bonded out that same day. On Feb. 9, police executed a search warrant on the Ford residence in the 400 block of East Jefferson Street, where they found York hiding in a closet. Following interviews with York and her brother, Darrell Lawrence, criminal complaints for neglect were filed against the two at Magistrate Court on Feb. 17.

Lawrence was taken into custody at the Community Kitchen Feb. 18, while York remained at large. York will remain at Ector County Jail until the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office can transport her back to Roswell to face the charges.

“Either way, you’ll get her back. In the extreme she’ll be held 15 days because New Mexico wants her and we want her out of here. We need the bed,” said Duesler. Neglect of a resident is a fourth-degree felony that carries a sentence of 18 months and $5,000 fine. Since York absconded from bond at the time she left the state, she may face additional charges.

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