Prison Escapee Caught


A prison escapee was found sitting behind the wheel of a stolen truck, hours after it disappeared from a man's home, according to Colorado Springs Police.

Police said they arrested 23 year-old Andre Bethea near the Motel 6 on North Chestnut Street on the northwest side of Colorado Springs Saturday.

The incident started hours earlier when police received a call about an overnight burglary on Butterfield Drive in northeast Colorado Springs. Police said a truck, motorcycle and a large safe were stolen.

The homeowner tells 11 News that a bicycle, documents and two guns were also stolen.

Then police said they got another call at about 12:30 p.m. from an employee at the Motel 6 on North Chestnut.

The janitorial crew reportedly found a large safe in one of the rooms. Police said it had been forced open and destroyed. Police said they believed it could be the safe that was reported stolen earlier.

The occupants of the room were not there at the time, so police set up surveillance in the area while waiting for the them to return.

Police said they saw a green truck matching the description of the one that was stolen enter the motel parking lot. They said they also saw a motorcycle, and believe it is the one that was stolen.

When police approached the driver of the truck, they said the person on the motorcycle sped off.

Police said the driver of the truck was not cooperating and fought with officers. Police said they used a stun gun on the suspect, identified as Bethea, and took him into custody for the escape warrant.

Police said Bethea escaped from the Colorado Department of Corrections. He faces multiple felony charges, according to police.

The truck was confirmed to be the one that was stolen, and returned to the owner. At the time of this writing, police said they were preparing a warrant to search the hotel room for additional evidence.

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