Moffat County escapee Nuebel arrested in Grand Junction |

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.

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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.

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