Moffat County escapee Nuebel arrested in Grand Junction



Brian Nuebel

An inmate who walked away from a work detail last week at the Moffat County Public Safety Center was arrested Sunday night by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Brian Nuebel, 39, was working Friday outside the Safety Center with two other Moffat County Jail inmates, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

Nuebel, who was not immediately supervised at the time, walked away from the detail about 3:45 p.m., and the two inmates he was working with reported his escape to deputies, officials said.

He was arrested about 11 p.m. Sunday at Bethal Assembly of God Church in Grand Junction.

According to an affidavit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the church after an alarm went off.

During a search of the building, deputies found Nuebel, who was wearing a button-up shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots, and had a nylon backpack containing two screwdrivers and a windbreaker. He entered the church by prying a window, the affidavit reported.

The suspect told deputies his name and stated he was wanted by other jurisdictions and for escape, according to the affidavit.

When Nuebel was asked whether he would answer questions, he replied, “It doesn’t matter, I’m going to jail, but I think I should have an attorney,” the affidavit reported.

Nuebel, according to the affidavit, told deputies he stole a Jeep Liberty in Hayden, and he was found with a set of Jeep keys Sunday night.

Nuebel, who had been serving a prison sentence, was transported by Denver County Jail on May 20 to the Moffat County Jail for a parole violation.

He now faces new charges in Moffat and Mesa counties.

In Moffat County, an escape charge is pending. Escape is classified as a Class 3 felony.

In Mesa County, he is charged with first-degree burglary and theft over $20,000, both Class 3 felonies, and possession of burglary tools, a Class 5 felony. He is also charged with theft under $500, a misdemeanor.


Frank Estey 6 years, 9 months ago

Wonder how this guy got the leg irons off, or don’t they use those anymore ? Good thing he was not in the city park mowing the grass where he might have abducted some little kid.


selket42 6 years, 9 months ago

So much for the "honor" system....They make personal monitoring devices for people on house arrest and those who are not supposed to drink.(think Hollywood starlets)..maybe they should have a proximity alarm on these inmates..if.they are more than a mile from where they should be, trip an alarm and stop them from just walking away. Too expensive you say. How much did it cost the police department in man hours to try to find him?


jonathanQpublic 6 years, 9 months ago

I'm guessing that by the story and the comments posted on the escape of Brian Neubel from the Moffat County Public Safety Center, that it's not well known that not only was he already convicted of escape in the past, but at the time he was let out to do work detail he was, and still is an inmate in the dept. of corrections. Brian Neubel cut off his ankle bracelet some time ago ang was on the run for quite a while. My question is, how does the sherrifs dept. allow a doc inmate to go outside the jail to work when he is currently being held for escaping in the first place. After talking with other counties about work reaease and work detail, I understand that he is considered a maximum security inmate and a very high security risk. At what point and who made the decision that he would be an acceptable candidate for being trusted to stay put. There is a reason these people are considered a high risk. They have nothing to lose. They are already headed back to prison. Thankfully no one was hurt. What does it take for our law enforcement to wake up and open their eyes to the safety and well being of our community


Frank Estey 6 years, 9 months ago

Maybe this guy is a really good lawn mower driver or weed cutter machine operator.


jscoyote 6 years, 9 months ago

This is ridiculous. If the sheriff knew about this guy, why let him outside. How much money, time and effort was expended to catch him which could have been put to better use. Maybe they are not that busy, I heard their count in the jail is way down so they are not bringing in the revenue to run the place. I heard that he broke into the Golf Course and then stole a car. Which is a pain for the victims. All because they needed someone to work in the garden. Way to go Sheriff - our tax dollars at work.


jeff corriveau 6 years, 9 months ago

So, are we going to hear about any discipline handed out for the idiot jail supervisor who allowed this guy to be a trustee? Cmon Tim, do the right thing for a change!


moonecho82 6 years, 9 months ago

I know this Neubel guy personally and believe me at the rate he keeps getting himself in trouble they would be doing him and the rest of us a favor if they locked him up for good!


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