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Colorado inmate Ronald Caillier overpowers officers in hospital prison break

A Colorado inmate “overpowered” two police officers, fled a hospital and stole a neighbor’s minivan in a wild prison escape Friday, all while handcuffed.

Ronald Caillier, 38, began his daring escape from the emergency room at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center just before midnight. This was announced by the Bent County Sheriff’s Office.

Caillier, who was shackled, “overwhelmed the deputy and security guard” and fled the hospital under cover of night.


Ronald Caillier began his daring breakthrough from inside the emergency room at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. Bent County Sheriff’s Office

While driving through the La Junta area, the inmates spotted a heavily damaged white 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan and carjacked it. The car happened to be unlocked, the keys were inside the car, and a 9mm handgun was located under the driver’s seat.

Police said Cahier, who was in custody on suspicion of robbery and assault, is now being hunted down.

Officials warned that he should be considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”


Currier was being held on suspicion of robbery and assault.
Mr Cahier was being held on suspicion of robbery and assault. Bent County Sheriff’s Office

The deputy and security guard involved in the escape were treated for injuries and have now been released.

When last seen, Caillier was wearing black and white striped pants and an orange T-shirt.

He was also handcuffed with his hands in front of his body.

Police said the minivan he allegedly stole had damage to the passenger side door and a crack in the passenger side rear view window.

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