COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - One of the two alleged white supremacist gang members whose names came up during the investigation into the murder of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements now faces charges for his attempt to outrun police earlier this month.
James Lohr, 47, allegedly tossed a gun from his car as he was being chased in Colorado Springs on April 5.
Officers tried to pull Lohr's car over at at 1:30 a.m. as he was leaving a business along Platte Avenue, east of Union Boulevard. A short vehicle pursuit followed and Lohr fled on foot after the vehicle he was driving became disabled near Bijou Street and Hancock Avenue, police said. A search of the area was conducted and Lohr was taken into custody without incident.
Prosecutors announced the charges against Lohr Thursday in court in Colorado Springs. District attorney's spokeswoman Lee Richards said the most serious charges are vehicular eluding, possessing a weapon as a previous offender and tampering with physical evidence.
Lohr hasn't been charged with anything related to the killing of Tom Clements and neither has another suspected 211 Crew gang member in custody, Thomas Guolee. Guolee was also wanted for questioning in the Clements case and was arrested on a parole violation.
One of the reasons investigators wanted to question the two men is that they were associates of Evan Ebel, a fellow 211 Crew member and prison parolee, who is suspected to have shot and killed Clements as well as Nathan Leon, a Denver high-tech professional who worked weekends delivering Domino's Pizza. The two men were murdered within two days in March, and Ebel died a couple days later after being shot in a gunfight with Texas lawmen.
Sources tell 7NEWS that Lohr and Guolee communicated with Ebel immediately before and after the Clements killing.