Metro-East News

June 20, 2014

Recaptured: Accused metro-east killer apprehended after Colorado escape

Colorado authorities Friday afternoon arrested a man wanted on a murder charge in the metro-east after he escaped while being transported from Las Vegas.

Police say Turhan Robinson, 37, escaped from a private inmate-transport service at a truck stop in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge early Friday. Authorities announced his capture Friday afternoon.

Jim Lorentz, a Wheat Ridge police division chief, said investigators believe Robinson was shackled, but officers are trying to confirm whether that was the case.

Robinson, who was arrested May 29 in Las Vegas, was being transported to Edwardsville by a private prisoner transportation company, Inmate Services, when he escaped at 2:19 a.m. while stopped at a service station in Wheat Ridge, according to police.

Lorentz said his officers set up a perimeter around the area where Robinson escaped and used a search dog to attempt to pick up his trail.

Police sent out a reverse 911 call to tell residents in the area where Robinson escaped to keep their doors and windows locked, and to be on the lookout for the suspect.

Before Robinson was arrested Friday afternoon, Madison County Sheriff's Department spokesman T. Mike Dixon said Robinson is considered to be extremely dangerous. Authorities were worried he could try to return to the metro-east.

"Robinson has friends and associates in the St. Louis metropolitan area, as well as the metro-east, specifically Alton and East St. Louis," Dixon said.

Robinson and Terrance Lee, 30, were accused of killing Kenneth Deal, 43 of Venice, in a drug deal gone bad. Deal was shot and his body was dumped out the car May 19 as the suspects fled police into Missouri.

Lee was quickly captured locally. Robinson, who previously served time on a murder conviction, fled to Nevada before being apprehended.

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