Inmate escapes

Man leaves while working outside jail

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An inmate from the Moffat County Jail remains on the loose after escaping Tuesday while working at Centennial Mall.

Garrick Hafen, 34, was working at the Moffat County Library used-book sale when he asked to go to the bathroom at about 1:30 p.m., Sheriff's Deputy Rick Holford said. Hafen, who also goes by Jeffery Dixon, never returned from his bathroom break, Holford said.

According to Hafen's booking sheet at the Moffat County Jail, he is 5-foot-8, 130 pounds with short strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and a mustache. He has multiple tattoos on his back, stomach and arms.

Hafen had been in the Moffat County Jail since August on charges of methamphetamine possession, false reporting to authorities and outstanding warrants from Mohave County, Ariz., and Saint George, Utah. His warrants were for forgery and drug possession.

Holford said Hafen is not thought to be dangerous.

"He has never done anything to ind--icate he is dangerous," Holford said.

Still here?

Hafen is from Utah, but authorities do not think he left the area after the escape.

"We actually think he is still here somewhere," Holford said.

Hafen worked in Centennial Mall on Monday as well, helping to set up voter booths.

Hafen repeatedly asked to use the restroom Tuesday and complained about having the flu, said Friends of the Library President Charley Watkins.

Hafen had a runny nose, Watkins said, and used an entire roll of toilet paper Tuesday to blow his nose.

"Next thing you know, he was gone," Watkins said.

After looking around the mall for Hafen, Watkins called the Sheriff's Department. Deputies began looking for Hafen within about five minutes of his escape, Watkins said.

Authorities say they think Hafen was checking to see whether his ride had arrived when he went to the bathroom, Holford said.

The escape was planned in advance and Hafen had help, Holford said.

"Somebody came and got him," Holford said.

If Hafen is caught, he'll be charged with a felony for escaping.

Escaping from custody is a Class 3 felony that carries a sentence of four to 12 years in prison and as much as a $750,000 fine.

Big trouble

"He is in big trouble now," Holford said.

Hafen's escape will not deter the Friends of the Library from using inmate help in the future, Watkins said.

"There are a lot of good ones," Watkins said.

Watkins has used inmates for help at the library and Veterans of Foreign Wars for more than eight years. This is the first time an inmate has escaped from the programs.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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