Rifle escapee surrenders

A man who turned himself in Tuesday after allegedly eluding authorities near Rifle on Friday is being held on suspicion of escape from the Colorado Department of Corrections because he left a community corrections facility and didn’t return.

Eric Robert Reynolds, 34, originally went to prison for a 1994 Morgan County juvenile facility escape in which he stabbed a guard 10 times, and she survived. He was the subject of a sympathetic 2006 Westword article that described his troubled youth and his difficult life in prison.

Reynolds received a 24-year sentence. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said he eventually was accepted as a residential transitional offender, and on March 4 he was sent to Garfield County’s community corrections facility in Rifle.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that a deputy tried to pull Reynolds over early Friday evening when Reynolds sped off. Shortly afterward, deputies discovered the vehicle had crashed into a concrete barrier, and Reynolds had run away.

Reynolds surrendered and was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation, vehicular eluding and five other traffic violations.

According to the Westword story, Reynolds’ downward slide started on Christmas Eve of 1984 when he was 7 and living in Illinois, and his parents were killed by a drunken driver. He spent time in a series of group and foster homes and mental institutions.

He ran away and joined a gang at age 11, and after wrecking a stolen car at age 13, he was sent to the Colorado facility because of the lack of an appropriate facility for him in Illinois, the story said.


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