Inmate who walked away back in custody

A Moffat County inmate who walked away from a trustee job last year is back behind bars.

After more than three months of freedom, Garrick Hafen, 35, of Craig, was arrested Sunday on a warrant in Westminster.

In November, Hafen, who was in jail on drug charges and outstanding warrants, escaped from custody while working as a trustee outside the jail.

Hafen, who marked his 35th birthday while on the run, was working at a used-book sale at Centennial Mall on Nov. 1 when he asked to use the bathroom and disappeared.

Sheriff's deputies said a week later that they thought Hafen, who is from Utah, had left Moffat County.

Police arrested Hafen after responding to a disturbance at a Westminster home, said Tim Read, a spokesman for the Westminster police.

When officers checked people at the home for warrants, Hafen's name came up for an escape charge from Moffat County, Read said.

Police arrested Hafen without incident, Read said.

Hafen was moved from the Jefferson County Jail in Golden to the Moffat County Jail on Thursday.

Hafen was originally booked into Moffat County Jail in August on charges of methamphetamine possession, false reporting to authorities and outstanding warrants from Mohave County, Ariz., and St. George, Utah. The warrants were for forgery and drug possession, according to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Moffat County Jail administrator Lt. Dean Herndon said Hafen is the only jail inmate he knows of who escaped while working as a trustee.

"We're glad he's back," Herndon said.

Hafen appeared via videoconference in Moffat County Court on Friday.

Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James set Hafen's bail on the escape charge at $100,000.

Even if Hafen posts the $100,000, he won't be released from jail because he still has to serve time for his previous offense.

Herndon said Hafen probably would be extradited to Utah or Arizona after his escape case works its way through the courts.

Hafen is due in court again on the escape charge March 7.

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

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