True Crime Tuesday: Assumptions Edition

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Today’s TCT is all about what happens when you make assumptions regarding your life of crime.

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First up we have Miguel Sanchez, 59, who, according to the Daily Mail, was arrested in May:

After he was fingerprinted, police discovered his identity and that he had a $2 million warrant in California.

His crime?

[S]tabbing someone multiple times after an argument in 2000, then stabbing a second person before running away.

That puts him on the lam for thirteen years. What mind-blowing caper was this mastermind undertaking when the cops finally put an end to his reign of terror?

‘Kentucky Fried Chicken called and said he was peeing on the wall,’ said Colorado Springs police Lt. Dan Lofgren.

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However, as points out, foolish decisions aren’t limited to professional criminals – as is the case with Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Andrews.

Andrews, as you may recall, was recently caught up in the prison escape of one Felix Trujillo:

In a statement two days after the escape, Denver Sheriff’s Deputy Andrews’ lawyer claimed the deputy’s actions “were compelled by threats to his life or his family’s life.”

Trujillo, though a criminal, apparently did not particularly enjoy being accused of making threats.

“He’s pretty dumb,” [said Trujillo]

The comments came in an exclusive interview with CBS4, Trujillo’s first public comments since he escaped from the Denver Detention Center April 7 and gave himself up three days later following a massive law enforcement manhunt.

The proof?

The 24-year-old inmate said Andrews would complain about his financial condition and inquire about Trujillo’s finances. Trujillo said the deputy had seen his Facebook page showing him posing with expensive cars and motorcycles and was under the impression the inmate was wealthy.


Shortly after, Trujillo said Andrews met with some associates of Trujillo’s along Federal Blvd, who gave the deputy a cellphone and charger which Trujillo says Andrews smuggled into the jail and gave the inmate.

Fine, but greed isn’t equal to stupidity – is it?


Trujillo says the deputy agreed to engineer the escape in exchange for $500,000.

“He wanted 250 up front and 250 at the end,” said Trujillo, who said the deputy never got a dime for the escape.

According to Trujillo, Andrews wanted to contact Trujillo’s brother to handle logistics for the escape and the anticipated money exchange and other details. Trujillo said he gave the deputy a cellphone number purportedly belonging to his brother, but he said it was actually the number to the phone that had been smuggled into Trujillo’s cell.

Day after day, Trujillo says Deputy Andrews would text the phone thinking he was arranging the escape with Trujillo’s brother, when he was actually communicating with the inmate himself.

“Yeah, he’s pretty dumb,” said Trujillo.

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