CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (1/22): More than a week after he broke out of a rural Colorado jail, one of two wanted fugitives is back in custody.
The Custer County Sheriff's Office says law enforcement cornered Jerry Williams, 39, in a crawl space underneath a Walsenburg home Tuesday after receiving several tips that the escapees were hiding out in the residence.
"He was initially barricaded and refusing to come out of the crawl space," the sheriff's office said in a news release early Wednesday morning. "Huerfano County deployed pepper spray and after a brief period deputy were able to talk Williams out and place him in custody."
Williams and 30-year-old Bryan Webb escaped from the Custer County Jail on Jan. 12. Their last known whereabouts had been Walsenburg after their getaway vehicle was located in the town on Jan. 14.
Williams, at least, didn't go far after ditching the van.
Huerfano and Custer county sheriff's offices, Colorado State Patrol, Department of Wildlife and Violent Offender Task Force took part in the arrest.
Williams was previously being held in jail for attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, illegal possession of a handgun, and domestic violence charges. For his alleged escapades over the last week, he now has kidnapping, second-degree assault on a peace officer, escape, and aggravated motor vehicle theft added to that list.
Webb's whereabouts remain unknown.
PREVIOUS (1/17):Two inmates escaped from a Colorado jail after reportedly overpowering a deputy and locking her in a cell.
The Custer County Sheriff's Office says then men were able to steal the deputy's jail keys and radio and were also able to get keys to a minivan, which they used as their getaway vehicle.
"They told [the deputy] they didn't want to hurt her, but they wanted the keys," said Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly. "... They didn't assault her more than basically what it took to subdue her and force her into the cell. Once they got her in there they locked the cell down then they unlock the pod, got out into the office and left through the front door."
The deputy kicked and banged on the cell door until she drew the attention of an inmate who stayed behind during the jailbreak.
"She told him he needed to get the attention of one of our patrol deputies who was in the office, so he was able to beat on the outside door enough that got the attention, and that's when our patrol deputies came in to let her out of the cell and of course we started the search right then and there," Byerly said.
The deputy, who Byerly said probably weighed no more than 115 pounds, suffered a fat lip during her struggle with the escapees.
"She was putting up a fight ... she either took an elbow, or it looks like an elbow from the video to the face. Doesn't even look like they were necessarily intentionally trying to do it, they were just trying to get her key," Byerly said.
The inmates escaped Sunday night and remain at large Tuesday. They are to be considered dangerous, according to the sheriff's office.
The escapees have been identified as 39-year-old Jerry Williams of La Junta and 30-year-old Bryan Webb of Walsenburg. Williams was being held on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, illegal possession of a handgun, and domestic violence. Webb was being held on charges of assault on a peace officer, introduction of contraband into a detention center, and drug charges. Their photos are at the top of this page.
The men made it to the Walsenburg area before apparently ditching the stolen van. The Huerfano County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle in an open field Tuesday morning.
The U.S. Marshals Office announced on Friday they would provide additional resources to the search. That afternoon authorities had made "limited progress" in locating the escaped fugitives.
If you have any information, call the Custer County Communications Center at 719-276-5555 and press extension 8.