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Sheriff’s office investigates after catching El Paso County Jail escapee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — The sheriff's office is investigating after a man escaped from the El Paso County Detention Center Sunday morning.

It was the first escape from the El Paso County Detention Center in fifteen years, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

Around 11:45 a.m., an inmate who was housed in one of the tent-like Sprung Structure on the El Paso County Jail campus scaled the barbed wire fence and escaped, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies found him in less than an hour on Las Vegas Street within the industrial park area surrounding the jail. He was treated for injuries and booked back into the jail.

The sheriff's office identified the inmate as 35-year-old Steven Crist.  His original charges were 2nd degree burglary and violation of a restraining order. 

He is now facing an additional charge of escape with the potential for other charges, according to the sheriff's office spokesperson.

The Sheriff's office also said, depending on the outcome of its investigation, more precautions could be put in place to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"We have to complete our investigation to see where the breakdown was that allowed this to occur," Jackie Reed explained. "So once we have that, if there are any changes that need to be made, then we will make those changes."

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  1. He escaped by climbing the fence. How long did the guards within the jail have to give this inmate for him to climb up the chain link fence, bypass the razor-wire, then climb back down the other side without being noticed. Clearly this inmate did his homework and took the time and watched and waited to observe the weak link in the department before he did this.

    So the real question is, who is watching the inmates in CJC, or is this just compliant detention, with the fear of worse repercussions if caught exploiting the EPSO’s weaknesses.

  2. “…and waited to observe the weak link in the department…”
    The weak link is Bill Elder, and it all rolls downhill from there.

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