May 27, 2018
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Man arrested in Waterville who escaped custody in Kansas is recaptured

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

A man arrested in Waterville earlier this month who escaped from custody Monday in Kansas was apprehended in that state on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Deon Routt, 22, who had been arrested by Waterville police on Oct. 11 on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, was captured at 3 p.m. Central Daylight Time Tuesday, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley of the Lawrence, Kan., police department.

Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey informed the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday morning that Routt was in custody. Law enforcement in the Elm City had received a teletype after Routt had escaped on Monday.

A private security firm had been transporting Routt from the East Coast back to Colorado, where he had been on probation for a sex offense. He escaped when the vehicle he was in stopped in Kansas to check on another prisoner.

McKinley said fliers with Routt’s picture were distributed throughout Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas, and police extensively searched for him throughout the city.

Police found him on Tuesday afternoon. Routt led police on a short foot pursuit before being taken into custody near the university’s football stadium, according to McKinley.

The sergeant said Routt had attempted to blend in with KU’s student population.

Routt is currently being held at the Douglas County Jail, according to McKinley. The case has been submitted to the local district attorney’s office for review. The sergeant said Routt might face additional charges in Kansas before heading back to Colorado.

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