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Texas Escapees in Colorado Jail

Aired January 24, 2001 - 1:02 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: All six surviving convicts are now in jail in Colorado.

CNN's Frank Buckley joins us with more now from Colorado Springs -- Frank.

FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Natalie, those two remaining fugitives gave up after an approximately six-hour-long standoff. They were discovered last -- sometime yesterday in the Holiday Inn, and negotiations began to bring them out, between police negotiators and the two remaining fugitives, at approximately 10:00 p.m. local time here.

At some point during that negotiation, the local television reporter Eric Singer was asked to come to the scene, and he came and engaged in that very brief dialogue: five minutes with each fugitive over the telephone. That was broadcast live, here, locally. It was taped for broadcast later on outlets such as CNN.

Patrick Murphy was the first of the two to come out. He was not wearing a shirt. Neither was Donald Newbury. They were not wearing shirts because police wanted to make sure that they didn't have any concealed weapons. For the officers' safety, they came out without their shirts on. They were quickly handcuffed and led away to cars and taken to a local jail facility.

Moments ago, Holiday Inn officials here gave us some new information about the -- both of the fugitives. When they checked in, they apparently checked in around 8:00 p.m. on Monday night. They used what they were -- -- what they called tampered-with IDs to check themselves into the motel. They paid with cash.

At some point on Tuesday, an employee felt that they were suspicious and called police. And that's when police came and at 9:30 p.m., police confirmed to Holiday Inn officials they yes, indeed, they believed that these were the two men that were being sought. And as we know now, at 10:00 p.m., the negotiations began.

The two fugitives who are now in custody joined four others who are in custody: George Rivas, the alleged ring leader; Michael Rodriguez; Joseph Garcia; Randy Halprin. And as we know, Larry Harper, the seventh fugitive, committed suicide on Monday evening as police were moving in. The next step in this process is that the six remaining fugitives who are still here in Colorado will be extradited to Texas to face capital murder charges there in the murder of an Irving police officer -- Natalie.

ALLEN: And Frank, police certainly have a lot of citizens to thank for their help in all of this. It's citizens let police to all of the these men -- even you just said this hotel worker thought these two men looked suspicious. Do you have any more details about that -- what alerted this hotel worker?

BUCKLEY: We don't know the detail. They weren't very forthcoming with detail about that or some other questions that we had. But we do know that this was -- whoever this employee was -- was just one of many people who called in tips.

Police were, frankly, going from place to place checking out tips. This one had some credibility because of the fact that it was in such proximity to where the van was found yesterday. You'll recall we spent a lot of time talking about the van that was found behind a Hungry Farmer restaurant. Well, that's just a couple of hundred yards away from the Holiday Inn, in a parking lot. And the fact that this call came from a Holiday Inn very close to where that van was found gave police added credibility to really devote some resources to check this out.

ALLEN: And it seems quite a few people will share some reward money.

Frank Buckley, thanks, from Colorado Springs.

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