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Escaped inmate captured in Saguache County

Posted at 11:45 AM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 13:47:35-05
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Photo of David Freeman (Saguache County Sheriff’s Office)

SAGUACHE – The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office reports inmate David Freeman is back in custody following a manhunt this morning.

Freeman escaped for the county jail around 11:00 p.m. Thursday. Details on how he got out are not immediately available. He was wearing orange uniform pants, an orange shirt and a white t-shirt at the time.

Back in June, Freeman was a wanted party involved in an Amber Alert for a boy missing out of Crestone.  He was arrested three days later in Garfield County, Utah where authorities reported he was found walking around nude with a boy and harassing campers at the Bear Paw Resort.

Charges were filed in Utah for child kidnapping, lewdness involving a child and reckless endangerment. Those charges could be considered later dependent upon the outcome of the cases against him in Colorado.

Colorado court records show the 61-year-old is awaiting trial on felony charges for:

  • kidnapping, sex assault or robbery of a child
  • sex assault of a child
  • enticement of a child
  • sex assault of a child by someone in a position of trust
  • sex assault of a child under 15-years-old by someone in a position of trust
  • sex assault of a child between 15 and 18-years-old by someone in a position of trust
  • sex assault of a child, pattern of abuse
  • witness/victim intimidating

The records also show Freeman arrived at the Saguache County Jail on August 15th which was accompanied by a protection order issued against him the same day.

David Freeman Garfield Co Jail
Booking photo of David Freeman for his arrest in Utah as part of a June 2018 Amber Alert.