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Man arrested by Waterville police in early October escapes custody in Kansas

Waterville Police Department | BDN
Waterville Police Department | BDN
Deon Routt
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A man arrested by Waterville police on Oct. 11 has escaped police custody in Kansas.

Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said Elm City police received a teletype Tuesday from El Paso County in Colorado, where Deon Routt, 22, had been on probation for a sex offense.

Rumsey said Routt was being returned to Colorado from Maine on Monday afternoon when the private security company transporting him stopped to check on another prisoner in Lawrence, Kan.

During that stop, Routt pushed past a guard and escaped the vehicle, Rumsey said.

Rumsey said Waterville police received the teletype around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. He said Routt has family in the Waterville area, and it’s possible he could be heading back there.

“If anybody sees him, we would love a call,” Rumsey said, noting that Routt is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

As a result of an anonymous tip, Routt was arrested by Waterville police on Oct. 11 for failing to register as a sex offender in Colorado.

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