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Published February 20, 2014, 01:14 PM

Wanted Texas fugitive jumps down trash chute to escape

Denver, CO (CNN) - A fugitive is back in custody despite going to great lengths to escape police. US Marshals say Donnie Griffin was captured and cuffed Wednesday, moments after he fell 17 stories down a trash chute while running from police.

By: Valerie Castro, CNN, CNN

Denver, CO (CNN) - A fugitive is back in custody despite going to great lengths to escape police. US Marshals say Donnie Griffin was captured and cuffed Wednesday, moments after he fell 17 stories down a trash chute while running from police.

A bloodied and bruised Donnie Griffin was taken into custody Wednesday, after a daring attempt to run from law enforcement.

Kenneth Deal – Chief Deputy, US Marshalls: "You have to think that he was extremely desperate."

The US Marshal's service says Griffin escaped from federal custody in Texas last year. Today, they tracked him to his apartment in the Glass House Building in Denver, but he didn't go easily.

Kenneth Deal: "As we breached the door, we noticed that the individual was scaling from his balcony on a sheet to the 19th floor, the floor below."

Officers eventually found Griffin on the 17th floor where the only place he had left to go was down - down the trash chute, all the way to the first floor. Jeff Dams lives in the building.

Jeff Dams – Resident: "He must have been desperate to get the heck out of the building. That trash chute is terrible."

Investigators spent the rest of the day collecting evidence from the apartment and even found law enforcement items like a US Marshal's badge inside. Why Griffin had the items is unknown.

Kenneth Deal: "We're going to have to take a look and see whether or not he was impersonating law enforcement officers, and that may be one of the reasons why he took such efforts to elude arrest this afternoon."

Griffin was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. He was wanted out of Texas on bank fraud charges when he escaped federal custody last year.

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