Thomas Guolee, white-supremacist-of-interest in Tom Clements killing, busted in Springs
Update: The El Paso County Sheriff's Office recently issued an alert for two alleged white supremacists thought to have been in touch with Evan Ebel shortly before he allegedly killed Colorado prison boss Tom Clements in March. The first of the pair, James Lohr, 47, was arrested in Colorado Springs last week; see our coverage below. Now, the second, Thomas Guolee, 31, has been busted in the same city -- a relief to his mom, who begged for him to surrender, and authorities looking into the Clements killing.
As we've reported, Ebel, whose prison records are chock-a-block with accounts of guard-punching and feces-smearing, is said to have been affiliated with the 211 prison crew, known as a white-supremacist organization.
We continue to hear conflicting reports about the group, with questions raised about whether the 211 outfit is an active organization or one that's splintered, with assorted rogue elements going their own way. Nonetheless, authorities identified Lohr and Guolee, both reportedly onetime 211 members, as persons of interest in the Clements case, because they allegedly communicated with Ebel in the 24-36 hours before the murder took place.
Ebel is also thought to have killed pizza-delivery man Nathan Leon, whose widow, Katie Leon, has publicly slammed the suspected killer's mistaken early release -- an error that, in her view, led to their four-year-old twins, along with Nathan's other child, losing their father.
Guolee's rap sheet is said to include witness intimidation, while Lohr was wanted for a Las Animas County bail violation and defying a protection order. They were thought to have high-tailed it to either Nevada or Texas, but Lohr was grabbed last week in Colorado Springs, prompting a mug shot revealing new tattoos -- a shamrock (said to be a white-supremacist identifier) on a cheekbone and the words "Hard" and "Luck" over his eyes in place of brows. Here's a look at that booking photo:
Debbie Eck, Guloee's mom, says her son has a couple of notable tattoos, as well -- the word "White" on one leg, "Power" on the other.
The latest? Guolee was arrested yesterday afternoon, reportedly at the home of an acquaintance in Colorado Springs.
This news was reassuring to Eck, even though it required some explaining to Guolee's young daughter, for whom she's been caring.
"She knows that Daddy's in trouble and we had sit down and tell her the police were looking for Daddy again," she told 7News.
Yes, Daddy's in trouble: He's being held without bond. But neither he nor Lohr has been named an official suspect in the Clements case, and it's unclear whether such a connection can be made.
Look below to see the 7News report, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our post about the capture of James Lohr, including photos and video.
Original post, 5:45 a.m. April 5: Yesterday, we told you about an El Paso County Sheriff's Office alert for two alleged white supremacists said to have been in contact with Evan Ebel shortly before he murdered Colorado prison boss Tom Clements last month.
Moments ago, we received EPCSO confirmation that one of those men -- James Lohr, 47 -- was spotted, busted and is now in custody in Colorado Springs. Meanwhile, the mother of the other man, 31-year-old Thomas Guolee, is calling for him to surrender.
We've previously shared reports about Ebel's alleged affiliation with the 211 prison crew, known as a white-supremacist organization, as well as his prison records, which feature reports about guard-punching and feces-smearing.
Likewise, we've noted that a clerical error resulted in Ebel's early release -- a botch that incenses Katie Leon, widow of Nathan Leon, a pizza-delivery man Ebel is thought to have killed, possibly for his Domino's jacket, prior to slaying Clements. Katie Leon is the mother of four-year-old twins who'll now grow up without a father.
This week, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office put out an alert for Lohr and Guolee. Here's Guolee's booking photo:
Guolee, aka "Ghost," and Lohr, known as "Jimbo," weren't named suspects in the murder. But they're thought to have been in telephone contact with Ebel in the 24-36 hours prior to Clements's slaying.
Here's how the sheriff's office described the situation in its media BOLO:
Both men are members of the 211 Crew and are considered armed and dangerous; they have associated in the past with Evan Ebel. Although their names surfaced during the Tom Clements homicide investigation they are not suspects at this time, but are 'persons of interest.' We are not providing details at this time regarding specific ties to Ebel or their association to this case.
Guolee's rap sheet reportedly includes witness intimidation, while Lohr is wanted for a Las Animas County bail violation and defying a protection order. Possible locales for the pair were said to include Nevada and Texas.
Lohr didn't get that far. According to 7News, Colorado Springs Police officers tried to pull him over near the intersection of Hancock Avenue and Bijou Street early this morning, but he took off, only to stop a couple of blocks away and try to escape on foot. The cops grabbed him moments later.
EPCSO public-information officer Jeff Kramer notes, "I can confirm that James Lohr is now in El Paso County Sheriff's Office custody.... No other details are available at this time."
As for Guolee, he remains at large, but his mom wishes he wasn't. Debbie Eck, who's been caring for Guolee's daughter since he went to prison, issued a public plea for him to turn himself in. Look below to see a 9News video of her statement, followed by a larger look at Lohr's booking photo:
More from our Follow That Story archive: "Evan Ebel hit-list reference, 'Bring on the f*ck letters' punctuated with a swastika."
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