Colorado sex offender, fugitive arrested in Waterville

Posted Oct. 12, 2012, at 9:32 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A transient who was on probation for a sex offense in Colorado was apprehended by Waterville police on Thursday morning.

Deon Gregory Routt, 22, was arrested on a charge of being a fugitive from justice after police learned by an anonymous tip that he was in town, Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Rumsey said Routt had an outstanding warrant out of Colorado for failing to register as a sex offender.

Routt was located at an Oak Street apartment around 8 a.m. Thursday, Rumsey said. He was found hiding in a closet, but he quickly complied when police ordered Routt out at gunpoint.

Rumsey said Routt’s arrest is unrelated to the case of a missing 10-year old girl from Colorado. A woman had spotted a vehicle with Colorado plates in Dexter earlier this week.

He was booked into the Kennebec County Jail on the fugitive from justice charge. Rumsey said the district attorney’s office is already working with Colorado officials on the extradition process.