Another arrest in Denver deputy prisoner escape

DENVER — Denver police have arrested another person accused of helping a fugitive get out of the Denver county jail wearing a deputy’s uniform.

Police said Wednesday that Marilyn Reeves, 47, is being held for investigation of aiding an escape. Deputy Matthew Andrews was earlier arrested and accused of helping Felix Trujillo, 24, get out of jail Sunday night.

Police said no other details were available.

Andrews was arrested Monday at Denver police headquarters.

Trujillo was awaiting sentencing on aggravated robbery charges and was still on the loose Wednesday.

An attorney for Andrews says the 36-year-old and his family felt they were in danger after Andrews was threatened with a gun. The attorney says no money was involved.

Authorities say Trujillo walked out of the jail about 7 p.m. Sunday wearing parts of a sheriff’s uniform, including a jacket.

According to the Denver Post, attorney Donald Sisson said there were no allegations of bribery.

“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 said.

Sisson said 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.

Sheriff’s 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.

A police records keeper said Wednesday that court documents outlining the case are sealed because the investigation is ongoing. Sisson did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Andrews, a two-year-veteran of the department who worked general security duties at the jail, is now on paid leave.


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