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Archive for Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Escaped sex offender captured Tuesday in Oread neighborhood

October 30, 2012, 12:00 a.m. Updated October 30, 2012, 5:26 p.m.

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Deon Rhoutt escaped from a prisoner transport van Monday evening. He's 5'5", about 140 pounds.

Deon Rhoutt escaped from a prisoner transport van Monday evening. He's 5'5", about 140 pounds.

Less than 24 hours after an escape from a prison transport van in Lawrence, a convicted Colorado sex offender is back in custody.

Deon Gregory Routt, 22, was spotted by police on foot patrol at about 3 p.m. Tuesday near 12th and Indiana streets.

Routt, who escaped from a prisoner transportation van Monday night, fled when officers attempted to contact him. Routt was arrested and sustained minor injuries following a two-block foot pursuit. He was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital before being transported to Douglas County Jail, McKinley said.

On Monday at around 5:30 p.m., Routt escaped from a prisoner transport van after the vehicle had stopped near 23rd and Louisiana streets.

Police spent several hours searching the nearby area but were unable to find Routt Monday or Tuesday morning.

Repeated calls from the Journal-World were not returned Monday evening, and police first sent out a news release about the incident Tuesday morning.

McKinley said Routt was being transported by Topeka-based Security Transport Services from Virginia back to Colorado. Routt had failed to register as a sex offender, and was arrested on a warrant issued by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Routt was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting a child in Colorado, but the crime occurred when Routt was a juvenile and additional information about the conviction was not available.

At least two employees from Security Transport Services were present during the escape, McKinley said. It’s unclear whether Routt had been shackled or handcuffed.

According to Security Transport Services’ website, the company is “one of the largest independent prisoner transport companies. Established in 1990, STS transports over 2 million miles annually, servicing all 50 states.”

The Journal-World was unable to reach a representative for the company Tuesday.

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wineguy 1 year, 5 months ago

As I walked my dog Monday night down Vermont, there were two police cars in front of Dolph Simon's house and one parked closer to 23rd. Three police cars and not one of them stopped me to say why or to be careful. Found out what was going on through TWITTER! Happy to know you have to be a millionaire to get protection and notification by LPD! Called my elderly neighbors myself, since I value their lives as much LPD do the rich.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 5 months ago

12th. and Indiana. Oread Inn. He went there , it looked like a prison, thought he was going home. hallejuah!

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Rick Aldrich 1 year, 5 months ago

I drive up Louisiana street every day going to work and pass south Jr. high and the grade school. and it's shocking how many little (2nd-5th grade kids walking without any adults around at all. and now it's dark still about 6:45-7:00 am and their even walking alone in the dark. make up all the excuses in the world but the parents of those children are CARELESS IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!! you wouldn't have a clue if your child went missing until about mid day or later. and those people call themselves good parents. Common Sense goes along ways. that poor young girl in Colorado was let to walk alone for only 3 blocks. now she's gone and her poor mother has to live with the decision she made in letting her walk those 3 blocks alone.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

McKinley said Routt was being transported by Topeka-based Security Transport Services from Virginia back to Colorado. Routt had failed to register as a sex offender, and was arrested on a warrant issued by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.

---maybe 'security' shouldn't be their first name now?

glad they caught this guy, good going LPD! you guys rock!

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jaywalker 1 year, 5 months ago

"As a parent, I find the lack of information provided insulting. This could be a violent offender and we are sending our kids to school without any information. This is ridiculous!!!!!!!"

As a parent it might be wise NOT to rely on an online news source to protect your children on the way to school. For the love......

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ashley150548 1 year, 5 months ago

Im just glad they caught this guy. I didnt like stepping out on my porch to see 3-5 police cars just in one spot. Then they decided to light up the bridge on 13th. Where I live, thats right around the corner. It was pretty scary I was waiting for the police to knock on my door to inform me of what was going on.

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thuja 1 year, 5 months ago

Its a news junkie parrrrty!

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somebodynew 1 year, 5 months ago

OH, and I do agree with nekansan that the insurance company should be writing a large check to the City. They spent a fortune in OT for this and it most likely could have been prevented.

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Kat Christian 1 year, 5 months ago

How utterly incompentant for two grown men to allow this kid to escape. Ever heard of a safety lock on the van door that prevent it from being opened inside. DUH! What the heck were these two bimbos thinking or doing for that matter to allow this to happen. What if it was a serial killer, much less a pediphile. People need to get their act together and do their job they've commited to do and stop being so lazy. Pay attention!

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nekansan 1 year, 5 months ago

Nice job by the LPD!

Looks like "Security Transport Services guarantees all transports will be completed in a safe, timely and efficient manner, in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations promulgated by Federal, State and Local authorities."

"STS carries $6 Million dollars in liability insurance which protects your agency from incidents that might occur during transportation."

So I'm guessing they will be writing a check to the City for all the manpower that was required to capture this child molesting dirtbag!

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chasler2001 1 year, 5 months ago

Just got him at 11th and Mississippi. Looked like every cop in town. In custody.

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Stacy Napier 1 year, 5 months ago

Seems he was just arrested for running before this in Maine. The article says he was a transient. Guess he heard Lawrence had open arms for him. Have they checked the shelter yet?

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/12/news/mid-maine/colorado-sex-offender-fugitive-arrested-in-waterville/

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justfornow 1 year, 5 months ago

Lock up your daughter, lock up your wife!

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Stuart Sweeney 1 year, 5 months ago

Since the states are big on outsourcing work like this instead of doing it theirselves, is the private security firm going to pay for all the man hours of the local police to clean up their mess?

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whats_going_on 1 year, 5 months ago

You know you've hit rock bottom when you try to turn a story like this into your own political garbage.

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HutchSaltHawk 1 year, 5 months ago

Not to ask a silly question, but why was the transport company going through town? Seems like the most direct route would have been to catch I-70 and stay on it.

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Gotland 1 year, 5 months ago

Will he have time to vote for Obama?

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James Minor 1 year, 5 months ago

A child rapist!!! I wonder how far he could run if the groin was removed??? Criminals like that should wear special clothing like pink so everyone will know who they are.

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irvan moore 1 year, 5 months ago

we live about 8 blocks from there and have noticed a lot of police cars cruising the neighborhood so it appears they are making a serious effort to catch him

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julz 1 year, 5 months ago

Article says "Deon" but photo says "Dean" - which is it?

also, "the intersection" is missing from second sentence

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average 1 year, 5 months ago

As an aside on the matter of scanners, Lawrence and Douglas County, like almost all law enforcement agencies, are in the process of changing from scanner-listenable clear radio frequencies to encrypted digital transmissions. The era of listening in to the cops on a $50 scanner is nearly over. While there are privacy concerns with open transmissions, scanner listeners have been a small but real check on the police over the years.

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MacHeath 1 year, 5 months ago

Its the incarnation of incarceration. GD spell check. I figured it would be the syntax that got me.

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MacHeath 1 year, 5 months ago

Incarnation is big business now. The more prisoners that can be made, the more money they can make. Its all about the bottom line. Stop the war on drugs with the high sentences for drug offenses, get a lot of folks out of prison, then get the prison system to work again without the help of private contractors. Then you might not see guys like this one escaping from custody from poorly trained private contractors. You think thats going to happen? I doubt it.

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Getaroom 1 year, 5 months ago

Willard would just privatize it all and we could expect more of the same, like he would disaster relief! Whoopie, It's the Free Market taking care of hurricanes gone wild!

Vote Obama and be done with Willard the Mitt who made 15 + million off the bailout and is now wagging his hypocritical finger at the President about it.
Read all about it!!! http://www.thenation.com/article/170644/mitt-romneys-bailout-bonanza#

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tomatogrower 1 year, 5 months ago

Private security, right. I wonder what he offered them to look the other way? I bet they get paid a whole lot less than public workers, and have no retirement. You think there is corruption with some police, you haven't seen anything yet. The company might try and hire honest hard working people who can't be bribed to prevent the problem, but they sure aren't going to get company loyalty from anyone. That doesn't exist too many places anymore.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

Next time, put him under the jail. Problem solved.

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jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

This doesn't give one a lot of confidence in private security firms, does it?

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Caz Snwot 1 year, 5 months ago

A few things....

"Despite repeated telephone calls from the Journal-World Monday night to law enforcement, no information about the escape was released until Tuesday morning."

I know for a fact that the LJWorld listens to scanners... the problem is they only half-ass listen so they have to call the police to get more info... I'm guessing they call in the midst of the incident in question when everyone is still busy. Next, it's not like the prisoner escaped from Douglas County Jail... this isn't their prisoner... so I'm sure they had many of the same questions we all have... It probably took a little while to figure out what was going on. Third, this should make Halloween extra spooky. And last, does this give us free game to stomp this guy into the ground if we find him? I"m mean... 5'5 140... puh-leeze. No wonder he has to rape kids.

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bring_JOHN_BROWN_back 1 year, 5 months ago

from the scanner last night......He was a convicted child rapist that was on his way to Colorado...he slipped his cuffs....5' 5" Code 3 (Black male) with black sweat pants and a blue stripped sweater. It was quite exciting to hear all the drama, but at the same time a let down they couldn't find the dude.

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Bursting 1 year, 5 months ago

This guy was probably the same one I saw trying to get into locked cars in the New Hampshire parking garage last night. I called 911 and cops didn't show up for over 10 minutes to a downtown parking garage 2 blocks from their station, the operator sent them to a different "parking lot" they said? How do you confuse "New Hampshire parking garage" with any other parking place in this town dispatcher????

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consumer1 1 year, 5 months ago

They will probably find this person either, A. On redbud lane. B. On their way back to Topeka.

And, for the parents above, if there were a dangerous person on the loose the city would have been notified. Sounds like your motto is, "the sky is falling".

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JackMcKee 1 year, 5 months ago

Still nothing on the Sherriff's blockade of Clinton Dam Road yesterday. Great journalism LJW.

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friendlyjhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

The ego of the above posters (in their anonymous state) is very sad. When you do get news you make rude comments about the police, the people involved and the spelling used in the article. Actually the police and LJW owe you nothing unless you are in immediate danger. LJW loves the attention they receive because it means someone is reading their poor excuse for a paper!

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Munsoned 1 year, 5 months ago

As a parent, I find the lack of information provided insulting. This could be a violent offender and we are sending our kids to school without any information. This is ridiculous!!!!!!!

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tomatogrower 1 year, 5 months ago

We live in that area and our neighborhood web was buzzing last night with a lot of lock your doors, and turn on all outside lights. It would have been nice if they had kept us informed. I suppose if we had been closer to campus they would have alerted everyone and locked down everything.

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maisy 1 year, 5 months ago

Employees with LJWorld listen to police scanners. Someone is always listening to it so they can be on top of the story. This is not an assumption, it is fact.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

Subject may have been accompanied by a predicate with the assistance of two adjectives. That is all.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 5 months ago

If no information was released to the media how did the media know to write about escaped subject? Telepathy? And in custody as well!

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