A man who has been on the run for three days and whose escape has shed criticism on a department still hurting over the death of their prisons director, has been caught.
Escaped felon Felix Trujillo, 24, surrendered to police without incident Wednesday around 2 p.m. after his relatives arranged for his recapture.
Trujillo had been on the run since Sunday evening when he escaped the Denver County Jail allegedly with the help of a sheriff's deputy and wearing a deputy's uniform.
Earlier Wednesday Marilyn Annette Reeves, 47, was arrested on suspicion of helping Trujillo, though officials have so far declined to elaborate.
Deputy Matthew Andrews, 36, was also arrested Monday at Denver Police headquarters and accused of helping Trujillo escape. An attorney for Andrews said that he felt his life and the life of his family was in danger if he did not help Trujillo out of jail.
ttorney Donald Sisson told The Denver Post ( ) that on Saturday, a driver pulled up next to Andrews, aimed a gun at him and said his family and his life would be in jeopardy unless he helped get Trujillo out of jail. Andrews apparently did not report the incident to his supervisors or police. http://tinyurl.com/cgo6emp
"To the extent that Deputy Andrews had any involvement in Felix Trujillo's escape, his actions were compelled by threats to his life or his family's life," Sisson told The Denver Post.
Police would not comment about Andrews' role in the escape.
Sheriff Department spokesman Maj. Frank Gale said investigators are still trying to determine whether others inside the jail were involved or violated policy. "The scope of the investigation is big," he said.
Undersheriff Gary Wilson said Tuesday that the department is reviewing its policies and training to make sure such a situation doesn't occur again.
A police records keeper said Wednesday that court documents outlining the case are sealed because the investigation is ongoing.
Andrews, a two-year-veteran of the department who worked general security duties at the jail, is on paid leave.
Trujillo is the first inmate to escape from the facility which just opened in 2010.
In the weeks following the alleged killing of Colorado's prisons director Tom Clements by parolee Evan Ebel, Governor Hickenlooper has ordered a sweeping review of the state's prisons and parol policies.
During Wednesday's press conference, the Denver Sheriff's Department said it would be reviewing its policies to ensure that another escape does not happen again.
"We still have a lot of work to do," Denver Undersheriff Gary Wilson said during Wednesday's news conference.