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'Tired' Escapee Turns Himself In

February 12, 2002

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'Tired' Escapee Turns Himself In

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by Mike McKibbin, The Daily Sentinel

SILT - After five months on the run and almost getting caught in New Castle and Rifle, a former Silt resident and convicted felon turned himself in to Silt police.

Christopher Brown, 17, had been at large since Aug. 16 of last year, when he left the Hilltop Community Resource Center in Grand Junction.

Brown was originally sentenced to the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections for possession of drugs and burglary, and had reportedly cut off an ankle bracelet while out on probation. That apparently resulted in his placement at Hilltop.

Earlier this month, Silt Police Detective Mike Williams received information from the DYC that Brown was at a New Castle mobile home park. However, when officers arrived, Brown ran and escaped capture.

Brown's mother, Cindy Jo Doepke, 44, and his girlfriend, Tara Nicole Gallagher, 18, both of New Castle, were arrested for the misdemeanor offense of harboring a minor or fugitive, possession of drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of marijuana.

Along with Brown's nationwide felony warrant for escape, a new warrant for allegedly obstructing a peace officer, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia was issued.

Recently, Williams received an anonymous tip that Brown was in Rifle. Williams informed the Rifle Police Department, but Brown again eluded capture. It was later learned Brown may have had a police scanner.

Williams continued to work with Doepke, Gallagher and others in an effort to persuade Brown to turn himself in before someone was seriously injured and to avoid having to charge the two women with the felony offense of aiding an escapee.

Friday night, Brown voluntarily turned himself in to Silt police. Brown, who was allegedly under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest, "complained of being tired, wet, cold, sore and just plain weary of the constant effort" to evade the police, Williams said.

Brown also reportedly complained about some minor injuries he sustained during his time on the run.

Brown was taken to the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center in Grand Junction and was being held without bond pending several court appearances.

Williams said a parole officer told him Brown will probably be charged as an adult and remanded to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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