Shoe prints give away walkaway prisoner
GSPI News Editor
A prisoner who was captured Sunday in Silt after walking away from the Rifle Correctional Center had been denied parole once but was scheduled for another parole hearing later this year.
Robert Taylor, 42, left the minimum-security facility eight miles north of Rifle at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He was arrested at 12:40 p.m. by a Silt police officer and an investigator from the Colorado Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office.
A DOC team from Delta also assisted in the search.
DOC spokeswoman Linda Carroll said Taylor, as is customary with inmates, was wearing shoes with specially notched soles that can aid investigators in trying to track down an escapee.
“They were following his tracks. He was headed toward Silt. I believe they captured him as he came into the town.
“I think they were waiting for him when he got to Silt.”
Prior to Taylor’s capture, the DOC had issued a news release offering up to $2,500 for information leading to his apprehension, and warning the public that he should be considered dangerous. Carroll noted that his lengthy conviction record includes robbery.
Taylor, a Colorado Springs native, has committed crimes in Boulder, Larimer, Adams and Jefferson counties. He has served in the Department of Corrections on and off since 1984.
His record also includes convictions on one count of forgery, two counts of motor vehicle theft, four counts of theft, one count of burglary and one count of escape.
Carroll said that escape occurred in 1996 in Boulder County.
However, RCC inmates are considered low escape risks, in part because they often are near the end of their sentences.
Taylor was transferred to Rifle in January 2003. Carroll said Taylor’s estimated release date was February 2008, but he had been deemed parole-eligible last November.
Though he was denied parole after that, “he had a hearing coming up in September,” Carroll said.
Now, she said, Taylor is instead headed to prison in Canon City, where he will be placed in 23-hour lockdown.
“I can guarantee you he won’t be going back to Rifle any time soon,” said Carroll.
Taylor currently is being held in Garfield County Jail while he awaits arraignment.
Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516
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