Oct 30, 2012 6:41 PM by J Downing

Escaped sex offender recaptured

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A convicted sex offender who escaped in Lawrence while being driven from Virginia to Colorado is back in custody.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports, police captured 22-year-old Deon Gregory Routt shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday after a chase near Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas.

A private security firm was transporting Routt when the van stopped in Lawrence around 5:30 p.m. Monday so officers could check on a prisoner. Routt to the opportunity to bolt.

Routt is a registered sex offender. He was convicted last year of sexually assaulting a child in Colorado. However, the crime occurred when Routt was a juvenile, and additional information about his conviction is not available through state records.

Authorities were uncertain if Routt was shackled or handcuffed when he made his escape.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley had few details about Tuesday's capture but said he didn't think anyone was injured.

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. His last known address was in Colorado Springs.


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