1 arrested, another still sought in Colorado prison director murder investigation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Police have arrested one of the two wanted men whose names came up during the investigation into the murder of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements.

Colorado Springs Police said officers tried to pull 47-year-old James Lohr over early Friday morning at Hancock Avenue and Bijou Street, but he drove off. When he stopped his car a couple blocks away, he jumped out and ran, but officers captured him.

A Be On The Lookout order is still in effect for his associate, 31-year-old Thomas Guolee. Goulee is considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies, officials said.

Lohr and Goulee were in frequent contact with murder suspect Evan Ebel 24 to 36 hours before Clements was killed, according to ABC News.

Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the two men are "associates" of the 211 Crew, the same prison gang that Ebel belonged to.

Ebel was linked to the prison chief's shooting death after he was killed in a gunfight with Texas law enforcement. In addition to driving a vehicle that matched the one seen outside of Clements' home, Kramer announced ballistic evidence also linked the weapon he used in Texas to the murder.

The sheriff's office reiterated that the two men are not named as suspects in Clements' murder.

 

-- Officer Safety Message Issued Wednesday

"Officer safety bulletin, extreme caution: The El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Department of Corrections requesting all law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the following parties," said a dispatcher.

The dispatcher then described Guolee, also known as "Ghost" and Lohr, also known as "Jimbo."

"Both are known associates of the 211 Crew, have shown violent tendencies and should be considered armed and dangerous. This is reference to an active homicide investigation," said the dispatcher.

Each man has an active arrest warrant for unrelated cases, Kramer said. 

Guolee has felony warrants for his arrest and Lohr had misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.

Guolee is a parolee who served time for intimidating a witness and giving a pawnbroker false information, among other charges, court records show.  He was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes and with several tattoos.

Lohr was being sought on warrants out of Las Animas County for a bail violation and a violation of a protection order, according to court records.

-- Goulee's Mother Wants Son To Turn Himself In

"Come home to me and see your daughter for a few minutes and then let me call the police and have them come and get you," said Deborah Eck, Guolee's mother.  "I'd rather have that then them call me and tell me he's dead."

Guolee has tattoos down his legs of the words "White" and "Power," his mother said.

Eck also said she hadn't heard from him in about three weeks.

"I don't know what to say, other than he needs to turn himself in and get off the streets. Because the more he's out there, the more something could happen," she said.

Eck continued, "My heart feels like if he gets out of a car, and make one little move, they're going to shoot."

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