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Denver deputy arrested in jail inmate's escape

9:48 PM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The sheriff's department in Denver says a deputy has been arrested on suspicion that he helped a fugitive who left the county jail wearing a deputy's uniform.

Matthew Andrews is a two-year veteran of the department. He's accused of assisting the escape, a class-three felony. The 36-year-old was arrested Monday at Denver police headquarters.

Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Felix Trujillo was being held in connection with an aggravated robbery when he escaped Sunday night.

Trujillo has a lengthy criminal history in Colorado. 9Wants To Know investigative reporter Jace Larson has learned that Trujillio was charged with escape in Adams County in 2011 but plead guilty to attempted escape and was sentenced to six months in jail.

In August 2012, Trujillio was arrested for burglary with a weapon. He pleaded guilty and would have faced a sentence of 16 to 24 years on May 13.

Denver police are actively searching for Trujillo, who is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with tattoos on his neck and chest.

Police were searching for Trujillo in Thornton Monday night. They didn't find anything, but police have been checking all possibilities for where Trujillo could be right now.

Denver police are trying to determine what motive Andrews might have had for helping Trujillo escape.

Andrews has had run-ins with the law in the past. In 1996, he was arrested in Larimer County for driving while ability impaired. He plead to a lesser charge.

In 1998, Andrews was booked into the Larimer County Jail for failure to appear in court on an illegal possession of alcohol charge.

Sheriff's officials say Andrews underwent a background check before he was hired.

Deputy Andrews is out on bond. A formal decision on charges will come from the district attorney's office later this week.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 720-913-2000 or 911.


(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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