Illinois murder suspect who escaped in Wheat Ridge captured


Illinois murder suspect Turhan Robinson seen shortly after he was captured in Wheat Ridge on June 20, 2014. Robinson escaped police custody earlier in the day. (Credit: Wheat Ridge Police Department)

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Officers captured a murder suspect who escaped in Wheat Ridge Friday morning, the Wheat Ridge Police Department confirmed Friday afternoon.

At about 2:20 a.m., Turhan Robinson, 37, was being transported form Las Vegas to Illinois by Inmate Services, a private contractor that handles prisoner transports, when he escaped at 12151 W. 44th Avenue. He was last in the 4100 block of Tabor Street.

Around 1:20 p.m., police confirmed Robinson was taken back into custody at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, which is near W. 44th Avenue and Youngsfield Street, about a mile from where he was last seen.

Robinson was wearing a black shirt over a white tank top, khaki shorts and red boxers when he escaped, and was handcuffed in the front and had a shackle on his left leg.

A perimeter was set up by the Wheat Ridge Police Department with help from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Arvada Police Department, and a K-9 track was deployed, but Robinson was not found.

Robinson is considered extremely dangerous. A reverse 911 recorded call went to residents of the area warning them to keep their doors and windows locked and to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

Robinson is one of two suspects in a murder in Granite City, Ill., just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

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