Escaped Peterson AFB Airman Captured

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

An escaped inmate from Peterson Air Force Base was captured in western El Paso County Friday afternoon.

According to Peterson, Senior Airman Herbert Mullens III, 23, was found near the Teller County line at 12:50 p.m. They found him after Teller County Dispatchers received reports from people who spotted him near Rampart Range Road and Loy Creek Road.

Mullens slipped away while en route to the Teller County Jail after attending a pretrial confinement hearing on Peterson Air Force Base. Mullens escaped custody during a bathroom break in Woodland Park at the McDonalds. Police received a tip that Mullens had been seen at the town Walmart, but a a search of the store and review of surveillance video were futile.

At the time of his escape, Mullens was with two members of the 21st Space Wing, who were responsible for transporting him back to jail.

He was discovered off Loy Creek Road, near Rampart Road, riding on a 4-wheel ATV. It is unknown if that ATV was stolen.

The people who recognized him said he was going door-to-door asking for someone to help him rent a car, and claimed he became lost looking for his brother's house.

He is once again in military custody.

Mullens was being held in pretrial confinement since April 5 due to pending charges of driving while intoxicated, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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  • by chris Location: calhan on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    wow how the hell did that happen.and why the hell mer u at mcdonalds also y did u let him go to the bathroom by him self. i blame this on the guys that were escorting him
  • by $%@#$ on Apr 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
    This proves you can run but you cannot hide from President Osama
  • by Jackie Location: woodland on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:07 PM
    He was not trying to rent a car he was trying to get gas for the ATV. Where would he have gotten the ATV if it wasn't stolen? oh yeah with no money nowhere, and all that is up in rampart range is trails so it could have easily been stolen. When he was caught he was still wearing the jumpsuit so it was a dead give away.
  • by Some call me Tim? Location: Of no concern on Apr 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    This guy is an idiot. Going door to door to help rent a car? How would that even work? Regardless, he's a tool bag. Additionally I have transported people to teller county as a member of Peterson AFB, and at no time did they tell me I could stop at McDonalds to get the prisoner food. The closest that I got was the other NCO with me offered a prisoner a cigarette (i.e. Dog the Bounty Hunter type) and the prisoner smoked it while in cuffs. Never did we take off the ankle or handcuffs. Sounds like the NCOs screwed this up by giving him a chance to run.
  • by Huh? on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    It is unknown If the atv was stolen? No, I'm sure he prepositioned it before the escape.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    WOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!! The Teller County Sheriff Office is not very popular.
  • by Stupid as can be! on Apr 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
    This kid is probably the dumbest fool alive...why run from charges that are a slap on the wrist? I hope he spends the next 5 years in solitary to think about how big of an idiot he is!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 at 07:51 AM in reply to Stupid as can be!
      Not really, he's going to face jail time for the drug charges. But his career is already done for, no idea what he was running from. He'll be reduced to AB until he gets the boot.
  • by Louis Location: Woodland Park, Colorado on Apr 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
    Just wondering why they would choose to stop at a mostly children's food place with a prisoner?
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      by Jim on Apr 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM in reply to Louis
      Look at the charges against him. I wouldn't say he would rate in the top 10 of dangerous criminals. If he were charged with these crimes as a civilian, he would be out of jail right now.
  • by David Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
    I was assigned to transport a prisoner back and forth from Teller Cnty jail and Peterson AFB several times back in 2000. There are at least two escorts assigned, the prisoner wears a leather belt - buckled in the back with a ring on the front that his handcuffs pass through. The prisoner is not to be uncuffed for any reason. I suspect the escorts in this case were doing him a favor by stopping at McD for some non-jail food. He may have been uncuffed to eat, use the bathroom, or just to avoid causing a scene at the restaurant. The escorts are not law enforcement - the prisoner's unit is required to provide them. They receive a 15 minute briefing on how to conduct the transport.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    exactly, what were they thinking? Was in military and transported a few prisoners ( armed ) and did not stop until after the transport was satisfied. Oh well, today's military may be a little different.
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