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Fugitive falls 17 stories down trash chute to evade cops in Denver

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 1:02pm

A fugitive is back in custody despite going to great lengths to escape police.

US Marshals say Donnie Griffin was captured and cuffed yesterday (Wednesday, February 19,) moments after he fell 17 stories down a trash chute while running from police.

"You have to think that he was extremely desperate," explained Kenneth Deal, the Chief Deputy of the U.S. Marshals.

The US Marshal's service says Griffin escaped from Federal custody in Texas last year, and was wanted on bank fraud charges.

They tracked him to his apartment in the Glass House Building in Denver, but he didn't go easily.

"As we breached the door, we noticed that the individual was scaling from his balcony on a sheet to the 19th floor, the floor below," Chief Deputy Deal said.

Officers eventually found Griffin on the 17th floor where the only place he had left to go was down, down the trash chute, all the way to the first floor.

Jeff Dams lives in the building.

"He must have been desperate to get the heck out of the building. That trash chute is terrible," Dams said.

Investigators spent the rest of the day collecting evidence from the apartment and even found law enforcement items like a US Marshal's badge inside.

Why Griffin had the items is unknown.

"We're going to have to take a look and see whether or not he was impersonating law enforcement officers, and that may be one of the reasons why he took such efforts to elude arrest this afternoon," Chief Deputy Kenneth Deal told CNN.

Griffin was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.


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