WALSENBURG – One of two inmates who escaped from a jail in a small Colorado town by locking a guard in a cell has been arrested after being found in the crawl space of a home, authorities said Wednesday.
Jerry Williams was arrested Tuesday after tips led state and local authorities to a home in Walsenburg, about 75 miles southeast of the jail in Westcliffe where he and Bryan Webb escaped Jan. 13.
Authorities obtained a warrant to search the home where the pair had reportedly been hiding but only found Williams, who had been jailed on suspicion of attempted murder and other crimes. Williams, 39, of La Junta, initially refused to come out of the crawl space but eventually did after a deputy used pepper spray, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Webb, 30, is from Walsenburg. He had been jailed in the Custer County jail in Westcliffe on drug charges and suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
Williams and Webb are accused of escaping the six-cell jail after hitting a deputy as she conducted rounds. They allegedly threw her in a cell and was automatically locked inside when the doors closed. An inmate in another cell alerted another deputy.
The pair is believed to have driven away in a minivan belonging to the town’s Rotary Club, which kept the keys stored in the jail in the town of about 570 people.
Williams was taken back to the jail in Westcliffe for booking but then moved to an undisclosed location, the Sheriff’s Office said.