Two inmates from Custer County escaped on Sunday, Jan. 12 and a vehicle they used in the escape was recovered in Walsenburg on Tuesday, Jan. 14, putting southeast Colorado on alert as authorities continue to search for the two men.
“The fugitives are 39-year-old Jerry Williams of La Junta and 30-year-old Bryan Webb of Walsenburg. They are considered dangerous and we are asking you to report any information you may have about the whereabouts of those individuals to your local law enforcement office. Do not approach either individual and call 911 if you see one of these suspects,” said a release from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a Red Alert sent out by the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office to residents in the area, the two suspects are believed to still be in the Walsenburg area.
The Custer County Sheriff’s Office said the two inmates overpowered a detention deputy and locked her in a cell. Then they were able to take the jail keys and the deputy’s radio, and they escaped.
The suspects left in a gray 2017 Toyota Sienna passenger van, but the vehicle was found at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in 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 drug charges, introduction of contraband into a detention facility, and assault on a peace officer, according to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.
KRDO reported Rye and other schools in the mountainous region west of Walsenburg were on exterior lockdown while authorities look for the two inmates in the area.