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Prison escapees captured near Pueblo West

Posted at 3:59 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 20:07:12-04

PUEBLO COUNTY — Two federal prison escapees have been captured by Pueblo County Sheriff's Deputies near Pueblo West.

The Sheriff's Office said the two men were located on railroad property Monday afternoon, just west of Pueblo West. They were reported missing Sunday night from the Federal Prison Camp near Florence.

Around 11:30 Monday morning, the Sheriff's Office was notified that two men matching the description of the escaped prisoners were seen by a Union Pacific Railroad employee walking on the railroad near the area of Carlisle Road and Hobson Road in western Pueblo County.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the area, which was on Union Pacific property, in rugged terrain. CPW officers also responded to assist.

Railroad traffic was halted in the area as deputies in four-wheel drive vehicles drove the tracks and eventually spotted the two men. The men were sitting next to the tracks and deputies took them into custody without incident just after noon, according to the Sheriff's Office. They were taken into custody about two miles west of Swallows Road.

The two men, identified as 22-year-old Jonathan Gomez and 39-year-old Guillermo Montano, were assessed by medical personnel before being transported to the Pueblo County Jail. They were then released to Federal Bureau of Prison officials.

“This was great work by our deputies in quickly apprehending these two escapees before they could reach a populated area,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “We also want to thank Union Pacific railroad for their cooperation in this incident.”