He said at one point he texted Andrews images of cash that he obtained from Google images, suggesting that was the money the deputy would get when the escape was complete.
“I sent him pictures of money, big bags of money and right when I sent it to him he ran to my cell and said, ‘Your brother sent me pictures… I know it’s for real!’ I was like yeah.”
The final plan was he was going to give me a uniform and walk me down, walk right out the front door. He said it takes 60 seconds to get out of the jail.”
On April 7, Trujillo said Deputy Andrews did what he promised, delivering a sheriff’s uniform to Trujillo’s cell, including hat, pants, shoes and a jacket so Trujillo could masquerade as a deputy and walk out of the jail with Andrews.
He said Deputy Andrews noted that the jail was staffed by a dozen new deputies so another new face in a uniform would not raise alarms.
“I was nervous. My heart’s beating, boom boom boom. He tells me ‘Get dressed, put the stuff on.’ And I walk out my door and the inmates are looking at me like what the hell is going on? I’m going with the flow, you know.”
Trujillo says no other deputies were involved with or knew about the escape plan.
“We got in the elevator and walked out that door into a warehouse dock and there was a cop down there… I was freaking out.”
But Trujillo says as planned, the duo were outside the jail in a matter of seconds.
“First thing he tells me is, ‘How you like your freedom, how you like your freedom baby boy?’”
Trujillo then said the plan called for the two to drive in the deputy’s car to an apartment building in Thornton where Trujillo would be released and the money exchange would take place.
During the drive, the inmate said at one point that Andrews suggested the inmate “shoot me in my leg to make this look real.”
“And I’m like, I ain’t shooting no cop. I was like no, we don’t need to do none of that. This guy thinks he’s in a movie,” said Trujillo. “If I shoot a deputy in the leg and escape from jail they’re going to want to kill me.”
As they drove Trujillo said the deputy discussed burying the $500,000 in his father’s backyard, then returning to the jail. He also said Andrews discussed what he would say if he was caught: that he coordinated the escape under duress, after being threatened.
According to the inmate, they parked at an apartment building in Thornton which Andrews believed was Trujillo’s brother’s apartment building. In reality, said Trujillo, it was a building where Trujillo had lived years earlier. He said after they arrived, he got out of the car, walked through the building’s front door then out a back door.
“And just for an hour he kept texting, ‘Can I come up? Everyone is starting to get suspicious.’
Trujillo said the deputy sat in the car for nearly an hour and a half, constantly texting asking about getting paid and saying that neighbors were suspicious about him sitting in his car for so long.
Finally, Trujillo said, he responded, “I did text him, said ‘deals off,’ and broke the phone. That was it.”
Andrews would eventually return to the city jail where multiple sources say he confessed what he had done to a superior officer.
The deputy was arrested and charged with assisting an escape. He remains on paid administrative leave from the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff’s Department Major Frank Gale told CBS4, “The investigation is continuing and I do not have any new information related to the investigation.”
The sheriff’s department has repeatedly said that it does not believe there are security concerns at the jail.
For the next three days, Trujillo says he wandered around with no real intent or destination in mind.
“I was lost, I saw the news … couldn’t trust anyone.”
He gave himself up and is back in jail, now facing an additional escape charge.
He said he regrets what he did, but that most people in a similar situation would do what he did.
“Anybody would have taken that, in my shoes. I want to see people one more time before I go back (to prison). I just got to think twice, three times before I make any other decisions.”
- Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com