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For Immediate Release

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February 28, 2014 Scott Williams, Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Affairs Officer
Western District of Texas – El Paso Division (
915) 534-6779
Escapee Arrested After Short Pursuit
Fugitive scales out of twentieth story window

LSFTF LogoEl Paso, TX – Donnie Lee Griffin II, 30, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested yesterday by the U.S. Marshals led - Colorado Violent Offender Task Force (CVOTF) and the Denver Police Department (DPD) in Denver, Colorado after a pursuit through an apartment complex. Griffin was being sought by the U.S. Marshals for escape from FCI La Tuna in Anthony, Texas.

In February 2012, Griffin was convicted in the Western District of North Carolina for aggravated identity theft along with multiple fraud charges. He was subsequently sentenced to a ninety five (95) month term of imprisonment in the Bureau of Prisons. In September 2013, Griffin escaped from FCI La Tuna and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The El Paso based Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) initiated an investigation into Griffin’s whereabouts. In October 2013, task force members discovered the Orlando Sentinel published an obituary for Griffin stating he had passed away and his body had been cremated. Not being deterred, task force members continued to follow the trail of Griffin’s many aliases through several states, which ultimately led them to believe he was residing in Denver.

In February 2014, task force officers contacted the CVOTF for assistance in locating and apprehending Griffin in Denver. The CVOTF proceeded to an apartment complex that had been linked to Griffin. Upon entry into the apartment, CVOTF members observed evidence that someone scaled out of the twenty story apartment window utilizing bed sheets. Shortly after, a resident on the floor below advised task force members that a man just exited his apartment and ran down the stairs. CVOTF members locked down the building and requested assistance from the DPD. While conducting a search of the apartment complex, task force members observed Griffin stuck in the trash chute of the apartment complex. Griffin was pulled out of the trash chute and taken into custody.

Griffin was booked into the Denver Justice Center where he will await his extradition to Texas.

Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states “This goes to show that our task force will continue their relentless pursuit of any and all fugitives. Mr. Griffen went to great lengths in an attempt to elude law enforcement, but we were still able to apprehend him. Griffin was smart, but we were smarter.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • El Paso Police Department
  • El Paso Sheriff’s Office
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • United States Border Patrol
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • El Paso District Attorney’s Office
  • United States Marshals Service.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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