DENVER - The attorney for a sheriff's deputy accused of helping a felon escape the downtown Denver jail says the deputy and his family felt they were in danger.
Deputy Matthew Andrews faces felony charges that he aided in the Sunday night escape of Felix Trujillo, who remained at large Wednesday. Andrews was assigned to general security at the jail.
Trujillo was being held on aggravated robbery charges when he escaped with a deputy's uniform, said Major Frank Gale, with the Denver Sheriff's Dept.
According to the Denver Post, attorney Donald Sisson says Andrews had been threatened and there was never an agreement to help Trujillo escape in exchange for money.
Sisson says that on Saturday, a driver pulled up next to Andrews, aimed a gun at him and said his family and his life would be in jeopardy unless he helped get Trujillo out of jail.
Trujillo has an extensive criminal arrest record, including escape, felony menacing, domestic violence and assault. Most of the arrests were in the Thornton, Westminster and Adams County area.
The Denver Sheriff's Department and the Denver Police Department asked that people be on the lookout for Trujillo and they encourage anyone with information to contact the Denver Police or any law enforcement agency immediately.
Anyone who has information regarding this escaped prisoner should call 720-913-2000 or dial 911 in an emergency.