ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A fugitive accidentally released by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office is now considered a top priority by the Colorado Department of Corrections, despite being classified as an absconder for more than a year.
Juan Flores was let out of the Adams County Jail on April 15; according to an internal document obtained by the CALL7 Investigators. The incident report says, Flores should have been turned over to the DOC, but an employee with Adams County Sheriff’s Office misinterpreted documents and Flores was released.
Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan told CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta they now consider Flores a “priority fugitive,” even though, Marchetta points out, the same document shows Flores had been on the run from his parole officer.
The report written up by Flores’ parole officer, on the day after he was released, states the fugitive had been an absconder since December of 2011 and was arrested in January 2013 for D.U.I, meaning Flores had successfully eluded his parole officers for a year and four months.
Flores was on parole for stabbing a man in Montrose back in 2006. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to five years in the state prison, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
Morgan said Adams County was in error in releasing Flores. Sheriff Doug Darr admitted his agency clearly made a mistake. “We have no excuses to offer,” Darr stated in a statement emailed to the CALL7 Investigators.
He added, “We don’t always get it right; we make occasional errors. When we do, we have the responsibility to own it, tell the truth, and do the best to fix it.”
Darr was scheduled to do an on camera interview with Marchetta, but cancelled. The Sheriff concluded his statement with, “We currently have a number of deputies and detectives who are actively trying to locate Mr. Flores and apprehend him. We will make every effort to ensure a mistake like this will not occur again.”
Flores remains on the run from law enforcement officials.
Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr’s entire statement to the CALL7 Investigators:
"During the investigation stemming from Mr. Flores being prematurely and inappropriately released, we found that we clearly made a mistake. We have no excuses to offer. Sheriff Darr stated, “We don’t always get it right; we make occasional errors. When we do, we have the responsibility to own it, tell the truth, and do the best to fix it. That’s exactly what we’re attempting to do in this case.” We currently have a number of deputies and detectives who are actively trying to locate Mr. Flores and apprehend him. We will make every effort to ensure a mistake like this will not occur again."