Escapees nabbed in Boulder
Aspen Times Staff Writer
The two men who slipped out of the Pitkin County Jail Sunday afternoon were arrested while walking down a street in Boulder Tuesday.
Robert Feliciano and Devin Sayyae were arrested yesterday morning, less than 48 hours after they slipped under a fence in the jail’s exercise yard.
Feliciano, 18, is charged with sexual assault and had not yet issued a plea in his case. Sayyae, 20, had been convicted for auto theft and was awaiting placement in the State Department of Corrections.
According to police, a vehicle the men allegedly stole in Aspen was found at a shopping mall in Boulder at 8 p.m. Monday.
Officers impounded the Jeep Grand Cherokee as evidence and checked the mall’s stores, but did not find the men.
Around 6:30 a.m. yesterday, a Boulder police officer saw Feliciano and Sayyae walking at Taft Drive and Folsom Street. Joe DiSalvo, head of investigations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, said Feliciano was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. Sayyae was shirtless with black shorts on and had a purple T-shirt wrapped around his head like a turban.
The officer approached the men and asked them to kneel, and the men complied. When the officer asked them to sit on the ground, Feliciano followed orders but Sayyae took off running, DiSalvo said. Other officers pursued Sayyae while Feliciano was taken into custody.
DiSalvo said Sayyae stole a bike during the pursuit, but was caught and arrested an hour and a half later.
“It was good police work, where cops are noticing people who look out of place and partially fit a description, and make an arrest,” he said.
The men were escorted back to the Pitkin County Jail at 12:30 p.m. without incident.
DiSalvo said they will both be charged with escape, motor vehicle theft and burglary – since they allegedly broke into an Aspen home to obtain the keys for the Jeep.
Sayyae could face minor charges in Boulder that include resisting arrest and bicycle theft, DiSalvo said.
Police had warned officials in Sayyae’s hometown of Livonia, Mich., and Feliciano’s hometown of the Bronx, N.Y., to be on the lookout for the inmates. DiSalvo said police were following up on leads that the men may have gone to Boulder, but he would not comment on why they went there.
Police do not yet know where the men got the clothes or how they got money. DiSalvo said he interviewed one inmate Tuesday afternoon, but would not comment further.
Feliciano and Sayyae will be held in the Pitkin County Jail’s version of maximum security, in separate cells. Feliciano had been in an isolation unit before his escape due to the violent nature of his charge, said Pitkin County Jail administrator Don Bird.
Jail inmates have been on a “lock down” status since the jailbreak and haven’t been allowed back into the small outdoor area where Feliciano and Sayyae escaped. DiSalvo said the lock down is protocol when police want to make sure they’ve interviewed all of the inmates.
“I’m sure they’re not happy about losing their outdoor privileges and being locked down since then,” he said. “You can draw your own conclusions – if you were locked down because of someone else’s actions, I’m sure you wouldn’t be happy.”
Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis said the jail’s security will be assessed.
[Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org]
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