Felix Trujillo, inmate, says deputy who helped him escape thought (wrongly) he'd get $500K
Update: The tale of Felix Trujillo's escape from Denver jail last month, and deputy Matthew Andrews's alleged role in helping him do so, was already plenty weird. But it just got a whole lot stranger.
Photos, video below.
Trujillo now says the escape plan came from Andrews, based on the mistaken notion that the inmate would pay him $500,000 for his help.
And where did he supposedly get this idea? From Trujillo's Facebook page.
It's important to note at the outset that thus far, there's no proof any of this actually happened, and Andrews, who claims he aided in the escape because his family had been threatened, isn't responding to the claims. But true or not, there's no denying it's a helluva yarn.
CBS4's Brian Maass is the reporter to whom Trujillo spoke. The re-jailed inmate says that over the course of the nine months he'd been in stir, Andrews mentioned his dire financial situation on numerous occasions -- and it slowly became clear that the deputy thought Trujillo was rich due to posts on his Facebook page, which identifies him (irony alert) as "Honest Trujillo." Here's one of the photos on the page....
Now, all of us (except, in Trujillo's telling, Andrews) know that just because a person shares a photo of something really expensive on Facebook doesn't mean he actually owns it. But Trujillo suggests that he played up the deputy's delusion, arranging for him to smuggle in a cellphone and charger in exchange for The Price Is Right-style package of movie passes, a washer and dryer, and $1,500 in cash.
Not that he actually received all these prizes: Trujillo insists the only things he forked over in exchange for the phone were the movie passes, plus tickets to Elitch's.
Another luxury item pictured on Felix Trujillo's Facebook page.
Next, Trujillo maintains that Andrews came to him and offered to facilitate his escape in exchange for $500,000. Trujillo agreed and gave him a number said to be for his brother, who was going to coordinate things with Andrews. Instead, though, Trujillo says the digits connected to his own phone -- the one Andrews brought him.
"He was pretty dumb," he allows.
Continue for more about Felix Trujillo's charges against Deputy Matthew Andrews, including more photos and a video.