Inmates captured near Four Mile Creek after escaping Fremont County jail

From left: Rodolfo Verelas, Christopher Wallace
From left: Rodolfo Verelas, Christopher Wallace(Fremont County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 7, 2023 at 8:14 AM MDT|Updated: May. 7, 2023 at 8:43 AM MDT
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CANON CITY, Colo. (KKTV) - Two southern Colorado inmates were captured after less than six hours on the lam Saturday.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says the men scaled the fence surrounding the county detention center in Canon City early Saturday afternoon and fled heading eastward, shedding their uniforms as they ran.

At 6 p.m., the pair was found in the area of Four Mile Creek.

The inmates are identified as 25-year-old Rodolfo Verelas and 35-year-old Christopher Wallace. Verelas was serving eight months for a drug arrest, and Wallace was being held for parole revocation.

The sheriff’s office says both men were assigned to kitchen detail, though it’s unclear if they were working at the time they escaped.