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Colorado Springs Police Department Holds News Conference on Surrender of Remaining Two Texas Fugitives

Aired January 24, 2001 - 11:24 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We're joining live now a news conference out of Colorado Springs. I believe this is Lt. Skip Arms bringing us the latest on the Texas escapees, the two who were captured earlier today. Let's listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

QUESTION: Who primarily was in this meeting with (OFF-MIKE)?

LT. SKIP ARMS, COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE: I'm not sure who they established the initial telephone contact with at this point. It is my understanding that during the course of negotiations both had opportunities to speak with negotiators.

QUESTION: What time was that call?

ARMS: Well, the initial call and the negotiations are two different things.

QUESTION: OK.

ARMS: It's my understanding that the negotiations started sometime, I think, between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.

QUESTION: And the officer called them (OFF-MIKE)?

ARMS: I don't have that specific time. It would be my guess that it was probably approximately an hour earlier.

Yes.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) they called the room and (OFF-MIKE)?

ARMS: I think there was a little bit more verification that went into it than that, but then, yes, they did make a telephone call to the room and did get that response.

QUESTION: Did you evacuate the rooms around?

ARMS: We evacuated the surrounding rooms. Any room that we felt placed someone in immediate risk we did evacuate. There was not a need to evacuate the entire hotel, however.

QUESTION: What type of (OFF-MIKE) could they face here in Colorado?

ARMS: That decision would have to be made by the district attorney. You know, I think the primary interest is going to be to get them back to Texas.

QUESTION: We know they had some weapons in the room. Did they ever threaten to use them in the negotiations?

ARMS: I don't believe there was ever any threats made with that regard. It was pretty calm throughout.

QUESTION: A lot of people have speculated that they could have stolen a car and gotten a long way from here. Why do you think they didn't do that? And are you surprised that they didn't do that?

ARMS: Yes, you can speculate all different types of scenarios. Our stance was that we were receiving several tips and leads indicating that they were still here and so our position was as long as that information was fresh, we were going to follow it up as if they were here.

QUESTION: Did they express any remorse for the killing in Irving, Texas or apologies to the families?

ARMS: In terms of the negotiations, I don't believe that issue was ever discussed. In terms of any subsequent interviews, I'm really not at liberty to discuss the content of those interviews.

Yes.

QUESTION: How many sightings did you have of them yesterday (OFF-MIKE)?

ARMS: I don't know the total number. I know that throughout this incident we received several hundred calls. I believe just on the van itself we received approximately 150 calls of suspicious found vans.

QUESTION: And did you follow up on every single one of those calls?

ARMS: I don't know that every call was followed up on. They went through a system of prioritizing the call for the validity of the information and the ability to follow up. And based on that priority, they followed up the ones they felt were most important.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

ARMS: I don't comment on the content of any interviews that they would have.

QUESTION: What time did they check into the hotel? And did they use (OFF-MIKE)?

ARMS: I don't have that information.

QUESTION: Do you know anything about their arraignment?

ARMS: No, that would have to be verified either through the sheriff's department or the courthouse. I don't have information as to court appearances.

QUESTION: Do they have any relatives or friends around here?

ARMS: I know there were some relatives in the Denver area. It's my understanding that there had not been contact directly with them during the course of the time they were here.

QUESTION: Do you know which one had relatives in Denver?

ARMS: No, I don't.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

ARMS: I believe so, yes.

QUESTION: Did they indicate whether they had any help since they separated from the others?

ARMS: I don't know. I don't know.

OK, one more question and then you can take photos of this -- the pictures.

Yes.

QUESTION: We understand that Irving, Texas police were here as well interviewing them.

ARMS: That's correct. They are here.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

ARMS: That's correct.

QUESTION: And is there anything at all, anything you could share with us?

ARMS: Nothing that I can share, no. That's going to be part of their investigation. OK, thanks.

QUESTION: Who actually handled the negotiation?

ARMS: Several agencies. They were all involved in a team effort.

QUESTION: Thank you.

ARMS: Yes.

QUESTION: Can we get copies of these?

ARMS: I don't have copies. KAGAN: That appears to be the end of a news conference out of Colorado Springs. Lt. Skip Adams of the Colorado Springs Police Department bringing us the latest on that. If you've been watching our coverage all morning long, early this morning the two remaining escapees from a Texas prison were captured in Colorado Springs after a negotiation process with them ended peacefully. So now they, along with the others who were captured yesterday, will probably be extradited and sent back to Texas.

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