Felix Trujillo, escapee, surrenders amid claims family of deputy who helped him was threatened
Update: Felix Trujillo, the first-ever escapee from Denver's new jail, slipped away in a deputy's jacket and alleged help from law-enforcer Matthew Andrews; see our previous coverage below.
Big photo, video below.
Now, following the arrest of another accused accomplice, 47-year-old Marilyn Reeves, Trujillo has surrendered to authorities. But plenty of questions remain, with perhaps the largest of them being whether or not Andrews was told that his family would be hurt if he didn't help bust the prisoner out of stir.
As we've reported, Trujillo is said to have escaped around 7 p.m. on Sunday evening. Initial reports suggested that he might be in possession of a deputy's jacket, but a Denver Sheriff's Office alert several hours later made no mention of that possibility. Then, the next day, the Denver Police Department announced that Andrews, a two-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was accused of aiding in Trujillo's flight; he'd actually been in custody since the night before.
By the next day, an explanation for Andrews's seemingly inexplicable actions came from his attorney, Donald Sisson. He told outlets like CBS4 that the day before the escape, a driver pulled up alongside the deputy, pointed a gun at him and said he needed to spring Trujillo "or his life or his family's life would be in jeopardy.
The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center is Denver's new prisoner intake facility.
Sources tell CBS4 he not only managed to sneak Trujillo out of jail, but also drove him to an area north of Denver and dropped him off.
With this story circulating, the DPD's next announcement -- about the arrest of Marilyn Reeves on suspicion of aiding an escape -- had something of a defensive air about it. Accompanying the mug shot of Reeves seen here....
...was the text from the aiding escape statute. It describes an offender like so:
(1) Any person who knowingly aids, abets, or assists another person to escape or attempt to escape from custody or confinement commits the offense of aiding escape.
(2) "Escape" is deemed to be a continuing activity commencing with the conception of the design to escape and continuing until the escapee is returned to custody or the attempt to escape is thwarted or abandoned.
(3) "Assist" includes any activity characterized as "rendering assistance" in section 18-8-105.
(4) Aiding escape is a class 2 felony if the person aided was in custody or confinement as a result of conviction of a class 1 or class 2 felony.
(5) Aiding escape is a class 3 felony if the person aided was in custody or confinement and charged with or held for any felony or convicted of any felony other than a class 1 or class 2 felony.
(6) Aiding escape is a class 1 misdemeanor if the person aided was in custody or confinement and charged with, held for, or convicted of a misdemeanor or a petty offense.
|Felix Trujillo in police custody.|
If Trujillo or his associates did indeed conspire to threaten Andrews, more arrests, and more charges, could be coming. Clearly, this case isn't over yet, and neither do we have all the answers. In the meantime, look below to see a 7News report, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the Felix Trujillo escape, including photos and video.