Authorities name 2 prison gang members in connection to Clements murder
Updated On: Apr 04 2013 02:04:46 PM CDT
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirms to KRDO NewsChannel 13 that authorities are on the lookout for two men in connection to the investigation of Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements' slaying.
The Sheriff's Office said the two men are members of 211 Crew, a white-supremacist prison gang. 211 Crew is the gang that once counted Evan Ebel among its ranks. Ebel, the man implicated in the death of Clements, was killed in a shootout with police in Texas two days after the killing.
The men are 47-year-old James Lohr and 31-year-old Thomas Guolee. They are considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies, officials said.
Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that the names have surfaced during the course of Clements' murder investigation.
"We aren't speaking to what their association is specifically at this time, keeping that information close to the vest just for the integrity of the investigation," said Kramer.
It is believed the two were talking to Ebel 24-36 hours before Clements was gunned down at his Monument home.
"We have some information that they are some way linked. Again, their names have surfaced. We want to be able to clarify for ourselves what the involvement may or may not have been. Those details are shady to us as well," said Lt. Kramer.
The lookout alert is intended to ensure the safety of officers in case they come in contact with either man, Kramer said. Authorities did not say what connection the men may have to Clements' murder and said they are not being called suspects.
Each man has an active arrest warrant for unrelated cases, Kramer said. Their rap sheets are long. Court records indicate both men spent time in prison on several charges.
The alert issued Wednesday evening said, "Both are known associated of the 211 crew, shown violent tendencies and should be considered armed and dangerous."
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the warning isn't just for law enforcement, it's also a warning for the public.
Lt. Kramer said the two men may be headed to Nevada or Texas. He wouldn't elaborate on why investigators think they're headed in that direction.
KRDO is working to get more information from the Sheriff's Office and will bring you the latest information on KRDO.com and NewsChannel 13.
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