Handwritten directions to Tom Clements' home found in Evan Ebel's car after Texas gunfight
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DENVER - Handwritten directions to Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements' Monument home were found along with bomb-making materials inside Evan Ebel's car after he was killed in a shootout with Texas deputies.
The Sheriff of Wise County Texas confirmed to ABC News that the handwritten directions listed on an inventory of the items found in Ebel's car included how to get to Clements' home.
According to a document known as a search warrant return, other items found in Ebel's 1991 Cadillac DeVille included:
- Bomb-making instructions and materials including black powder
- Domino's Pizza "heatwave" bag that contained a pizza box
- Domino's shirt and visor
- Digital voice recorder
- A plastic bag containing sunglasses and a mask
- A cooler containing tan pants that appeared to have blood on them
- Uniden Model UDW155 surveillance system
- Roll of duct tape
- Zip ties
- Various DNA and fingerprint samples
Because of the Domino's Pizza materials, sources say Ebel is a suspect in the murder of delivery driver Nate Leon. Leon disappeared during a pizza delivery run on Sunday, March 17. His body was found six hours later.
"There’s a strong connection between our case involving Mr. Leon and the Texas incident," Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson said, but he refused to discuss the specific evidence being processed in the case.
ABC News reports that investigators believe Leon was killed so Ebel could take his uniform as a disguise to approach the home of state prison chief Tom Clements.
Clements answered the door of his Monument home around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 when he was shot and killed. The El Paso County Sheriff's office discovered the casings found at that murder scene matched the casings found in Texas after Ebel's gunfight with officers.
Ebel was in and out of jail for the last 10 years, ABC reported. Friends told ABC producer Carol McKinley that prison changed Ebel and that he emerged a white supremacist.
Ebel sported tattoos that said "hopeless" and "Evil Evan."
Ebel's father testified at the state Capitol in 2011 that his son spent years in solitary confinement and had trouble communicating during visits.
"He'll rant a little bit. He'll stammer. He'll be frustrated that he can't find the words," Jack Ebel said.
According to Department of Corrections records, Ebel was serving his parole in Denver. His record shows he had been convicted of burglary, robbery, trespass and assault on a prison guard.
Ryan Pettigrew began a friendship with Ebel in prison, where both men served several years in solitary confinement. Pettigrew was released in August of last year, five months before Ebel's January release.
Pettigrew says they both struggled with adapting after spending years in isolation. They had been in contact, he said, but stopped talking a few weeks ago.
"I don't know if he was just trying to protect me and keep me away from anything he was potentially planning or whatever but I was kind of sensing too that he was struggling with some things so I kind of separated myself," he said.
"I think, for anything, this was what he planned to do as his final 'get back' at the system," Pettigrew continued. "Whereas mine is to become successful and rub it in their face, his I guess apparently had to be to hit them at a place where they thought that you know that they couldn't be touched."
-- Search warrant return: http://ch7ne.ws/YAePMo
-- A timeline of Ebel's activities: http://ch7ne.ws/TimelineEbel
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