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Colorado Springs Police Spokesman Discusses Recovery of Van Driven By Two Texas Fugitives Still At Large

Aired January 23, 2001 - 2:01 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We have a whole bunch going on today, including the recent report that you gave us, Natalie, about police investigators possibly sighting the van of fugitives in Colorado Springs.

We have Harry Kila (ph) of Colorado Springs Police on the line with us.

What can you tell us about what you've discovered?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, in response to a citizen's call this morning, we checked out a suspicious vehicle matching the description of the van wanted with the two remaining fugitives. We have since confirmed that it is, in fact, the van that they were driving. And the van, of course, is parked behind a restaurant on Garden of the Gods Road here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

WATERS: Is this fresh information? Would you be able to tell us, for instance, if there are any stolen car reports in that area?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are checking our databases as we speak for that to double check that aspect. We have not come up with any as of this particular moment. And we are, of course, checking the surrounding areas. There are several motels and hotels within that area.

WATERS: Did you find anything in the van?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were items in the van that I'm not at liberty to discuss right now. However, there is nothing in the van that poses a risk to the police officers or the citizens that are in the immediate area of that van.

WATERS: Are you optimistic that you're close on the heels of these two?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're hopeful, yes. We are hopeful.

WATERS: All right, thank you very much, sir.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're welcome.

WATERS: Harry Kila with the Colorado Springs Police. Those two fugitives, as you may know, managed to escape the dragnet when it tightened around that trailer park yesterday in Woodland Park, which is about 15 miles from Colorado Springs. Four of the Texas fugitives were captured during that dragnet. One other fugitive killed himself when police began closing in. We still have two more on the loose. Those are the two we were just talking about. And the van that was spotted leaving the scene of the trailer park now has been found. It's empty. There's something inside. We don't know what. But the fugitives are still out there, but police appear to be hot on the heels.

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