- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on the escape of two New Mexico prisoners (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

A judge has set a $5,000 bond for one of the women accused of helping two convicts after they escaped from a prison transport van last week.

Michelle Abeyta appeared before Metropolitan Court Judge Sandra Engel on Thursday.

A public defender argued police didn’t have probable cause to arrest Abeyta and suggested she was probably scared for her well-being.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1Z6hDLW) that the judge dismissed the claim and imposed the bond after hearing from prosecutors about Abeyta’s criminal history.

Abeyta is accused of letting escaped convict Lionel Clah stay at her apartment for two nights before turning him in.

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12 p.m.

Authorities say the sister of one of the New Mexico prisoners who escaped from a transport van and spurred a dayslong manhunt last week has been arrested.

State police say 38-year-old Olivia Cruz was arrested Thursday morning on charges of aiding escape for concealing and sheltering her brother.

The warrant was served at the Sandoval County jail where she is housed on unrelated charges. She was arrested last week on the separate charges after authorities questioned her about the escape of Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah.

Authorities say Olivia Cruz allowed her brother and Clah to stay at a friend’s apartment in Albuquerque for hours, knowing that the two had escaped and were wanted by police.

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1:38 a.m.

New Mexico State police say two women have been arrested for allegedly aiding and harboring two escaped convicts last week.

Michelle Abeyta of Albuquerque was booked into jail while Patricia Petrushkin of Humble, Texas, is facing extradition. Police said Petrushkin was taken into custody at a Houston airport on Wednesday.

It’s unclear if either woman had a lawyer.

Abeyta allegedly turned in one of the fugitives after a three-day manhunt launched when Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah escaped from a fortified prisoner transport van in southeastern New Mexico.

Both were captured last weekend in Albuquerque.

State Police say Abeyta allegedly allowed Clah to stay at her apartment while Petrushkin allegedly harbored Clah and Cruz in her Albuquerque hotel room and gave them money and clothing.

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