COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A second white supremacist prison gang member whose name surfaced during an investigation into the slaying of Colorado’s prisons chief was arrested Thursday evening, authorities said.
Colorado Springs authorities arrested Thomas Guolee, 31, around 5:30 p.m., according to El Paso County sheriff’s officials. He was being held without bond for a parole violation.
Investigators have said Guolee isn’t a suspect in the shooting death of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, but his name and that of fellow 211 Crew member James Lohr came up during the investigation. Authorities last week issued an alert for law-enforcement officers to look out for both men, who had outstanding warrants unrelated to Clements’ death.
Lohr, 47, was arrested April 5 in Colorado Springs after a short chase and is now being held on charges including vehicular eluding. His bond has been set at $250,000.
Parolee Evan Ebel is the only suspect that has been named in the deaths of Clements, who was shot when he answered his front door March 19, and of Nathan Leon, a father of three who was shot while working as a pizza deliveryman March 17. Ebel later died in a shootout with Texas authorities.
Authorities haven’t released details of how Guolee and Lohr came up in the investigation into Clements’ death, but they believe Lohr was in contact with Ebel days before the killings.
Guolee’s mother, who had urged her son to turn himself in, told The Denver Post she was relieved by his arrest. “My heart was just breaking because I thought I’d be getting a call that he was dead,” Deborah Eck told the newspaper.
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