A man who escaped from the Delta Correctional Center Thursday was in custody Friday, thanks to the work of an alert police officer. The escapee, Gregory Simmons didn't get far before being apprehended by Delta police. Simmons allegedly walked away from the minimum security facility early Thursday morning. It was discovered that he was missing after a corrections officer performed an informal count of the inmate population
The Department of Corrections brought in its Mobile Command Center from Canon City. According to Warden Steve Green, the command center was helping support ground tracking teams and air patrols in an area five to ten miles southwest of the prison when corrections officials got word the escapee was in custody.
Simmons had been spotted in Delta and was picked up by police. The warden says Simmons was wearing civilian clothes when he was captured. Authorities are investigating who Simmons might have come in contact with during his time away from the facility, or if he committed any additional crimes.
He was taken to the Delta County Jail where he awaits a court appearance. According to the warden, Simmons was doing two years on a vandalism and contraband conviction. He now faces additional time in a more secure facility when he re–enters the system.
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