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Inmate who escaped from Rifle Correctional Center located, taken into custody

Jewel W. Gist_escaped prison
Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 10, 2023

UPDATE: An inmate who escaped from Rifle Correctional Center has been found, the Colorado Department of Corrections said in an update late Tuesday evening. A spokesperson said more information will be available Wednesday morning.


GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — An inmate escaped from the Rifle Correctional Center on Monday morning and authorities are continuing to search for him.

The Colorado Department of Corrections said it is searching for Jewel W. Gist, 54, a minimum security inmate. Gist has been in custody since 2016, after he was convicted of aggravated robbery in Lincoln County.

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He was last seen around 9 a.m. at his inmate work assignment on facility grounds, located at 0244 County Road 333 in Rifle.

Gist is described as standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He is a white man with hazel eyes and brown hair, according to the DOC.

At the time he escaped, he was wearing his prison-issued green shirt and pants, the Rifle Police Department said. It's not clear if he had shoes.

Police said he has family in Oklahoma.

Anybody who sees him is asked to call 911. He is considered dangerous, so do not approach him.


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