Cop who helped inmate escape told co-workers his family was threatened

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DENVER -- Matthew Andrews, the Denver Sheriff’s deputy accused of helping a dangerous inmate escape from Denver County Jail on Sunday, told co-workers that someone had threatened to kill him and his family if he did not cooperate with the plan, according to an affidavit released by the Denver Police Department Thursday.

Surveillance video shows Andrews walking out of the jail with inmate Felix Trujillo around 7:07 p.m. on Sunday, according to the affidavit. They left the detention center and walked west along 14th Avenue. Trujillo wore a Denver Sheriff’s baseball cap and winter jacket.

Andrews later returned to the jail and told his coworkers that he’d driven Trujillo to 84th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton, where he let him go. He told other officers that there was a “contract” on his family and he had no choice, the affidavit stated. He would not say who had threatened him.

Trujillo, a longtime criminal who was being held for aggravated robbery, turned himself in on Wednesday afternoon.


Investigators found that he had hidden out at a friend’s mother’s house on Sunday night. The woman, 48-year-old Marilyn Reeves, told police she was afraid but helped Trujillo because “he was her son’s best friend.”

Trujillo’s friend, whose name has not been released, told police Trujillo had given him a list of phone numbers belonging to different women. He was supposed to call those numbers in order to find where to meet Trujillo later on.

Police believe Reeves rented Trujillo a hotel room near 120th Avenue and I-25 and allowed her son to use her car to meet Trujillo at a Perkins restaurant. She was also arrested Wednesday.

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