Springs women say they saw Evan Ebel before Clements' murder
Updated On: Mar 22 2013 08:18:07 PM CDT
A Colorado Springs woman says she and her mom saw murder suspect Evan Ebel near their apartment building on Tuesday, just hours before Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements was murdered at his home.
Maddie didn’t want to give her last name for fear of retaliation. She said she believes she saw Ebel and his black Cadillac in the 2700 block of North Chestnut Street-- that's west of I-25 and south of Fillmore Street.
"Something in my mind was just telling me, keep an eye on him because there's something about him that's a little off," Maddie said.
She said she and her mom saw Ebel as they were walking their dog around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.
"When we came back from our walk, he was still here but he was sitting in his car," Maddie recalled. "Just with the weird drug stuff we get in our neighborhood, my mom had the presence of mind to write down the license plate number."
Maddie's mom showed us the piece of paper where she had written 773 UHZ and a description of the car. That license plate number matches the one on Ebel's car.
Maddie said she and her mom recognized the vehicle when they saw it on the news Thursday, after Ebel wrecked his car during a police chase and shootout in Texas. Ebel was shot by an officer and later died.
"We saw the car on TV and it just kind of reminded us of seeing him because it was such a strange occurrence," Maddie said.
She said she thinks she knows who the man resembling Ebel was visiting.
TARGET 13 knocked on that door, which was unlocked and partially open. No one seemed to be there. The landlord of the property said he had not been given notice that those tenants were leaving.
Maddie said she called the El Paso County Sheriff's Office on Thursday and explained what she saw.
After TARGET 13 contacted the sheriff's office Friday inquiring about the tip, Maddie got a call back from an investigator.
The sheriff's office said they are looking into the information she provided.
Ebel, a white supremacist parolee, is a suspect in the murder of Clements as well as Nate Leon, a Denver Domino's pizza delivery driver who was shot and killed Sunday.
"If he was the guy involved in killing the pizza delivery guy, well that makes me nervous," said Maddie. "Because, seasonal work, I'm a pizza delivery driver. So it's scary."
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