With 800 Parole Monitor Alerts Monthly, It Was Easy for CO’s Ebel to Escape


When Colorado parolee Evan Ebel slipped his ankle monitor off and dropped out of sight last month, his disappearance was barely a blip on the radar of the Department of Corrections, says the Denver Post. The alert that sounded was just one of about 800 that corrections officials field every month, and they were in no rush to check on him, despite knowing he was a violent, high-risk offender. It took them five days to realize Ebel was on the run and an additional day to seek a warrant for his arrest. By then, pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon and prisons chief Tom Clements had been killed, and Ebel was speeding south in his black Cadillac DeVille. Ebel would be fatally wounded the next day in a shootout with Texas lawmen. “There are a myriad of reasons that ankle bracelet alarms go off,” said correction spokeswoman Alison Morgan. “Parole officers decide on a case-by-case basis depending on each parolee. When Ebel was released on parole, he was completely compliant. There were no red flags.”

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