DULCE — A four-day manhunt for two Colorado fugitives ended Friday morning when one convict was surrounded while he was in an outhouse and then arrested near Lumberton, one mile south from where police shot and killed his accomplice the day before.

Jason Snow, 24, was taken into custody by Rio Arriba Sheriff's deputies and a New Mexico State Police officer around 7:15 a.m. Friday. Clifford Todd Reseigh, 45, was shot to death by Jicarilla Apache tribal police officers after he allegedly attacked them with a knife in an abandoned trailer Thursday evening.

Snow was in jail awaiting sentencing for first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident that caused great bodily harm and tampering with evidence. First-degree felony assault in Colorado carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Snow is scheduled for a hearing Aug. 3 to determine if he is a habitual criminal.

Reseigh was in jail on a parole violation after previously serving time for burglary, identity theft and being in possession of a stolen credit card.

Snow and Reseigh assaulted two prison guards at the Archuleta County Jail and escaped just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Archuleta County Undersheriff John Weiss said.

They allegedly stole a truck and civilian clothes and headed south on Archuleta County Road 500, eluding a deputy who briefly pursued them.

Police found the vehicle on Coyote Park Road, near the New Mexico state line.


The San Juan County Sheriff's Office sent its helicopter to search the area early Wednesday morning, Capt. Tim Black said.

Road blocks were set up throughout the area and the photos of the fugitives were highly publicized on the news and on flyers in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico State Police Sgt. Kenneth Olson said.

A driver in Dulce notified authorities Thursday afternoon that Snow was trying to hitchhike outside of town, he said.

Authorities "locked up the town pretty good," Olson said. "The community was pretty well aware of the escapees."

Jicarilla Apache tribal police detectives found Snow and Reseigh in an abandoned trailer Thursday evening on Rio Arriba County Road 357. Reseigh was shot after allegedly attacking them and Snow escaped on foot, said Peter Olson, a New Mexico Department of Public Safety spokesman.

San Juan County law enforcement started actively searching for Snow after the fatal confrontation, Black said. The Sheriff's Office sent its helicopter to the area Thursday night.

Late Thursday, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office learned Snow had relatives in the county. Sheriff's deputies and state police officers were dispatched to their home near Navajo Dam, Black said.

"We contacted somebody who we thought was his mom," Black said. "She had not seen him and had no contact" with him.

The search was called off because of rain after midnight Friday, Rio Arriba Sheriff's Deputy Jesus Martinez said.

The search resumed at about 4 a.m., and Martinez, another sheriff's deputy and a New Mexico State Police officer found tracks that led into an arroyo of scattered buildings, about a mile from where Snow and Reseigh cooped in a trailer the day before.

The tracks led to an outhouse behind an unoccupied home. The officers called for Snow to surrender. He turned himself over to police without incident, Martinez said.

He was being held Friday evening at the Rio Arriba County Detention Center.

Ryan Boetel: rboetel@daily-times.com