Police arrest member of gang linked to killing of Colorado prisons chief

Published April 05, 2013

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Authorities arrested a member of a white supremacist gang linked to the killing of Colorado's prisons chief, who was shot answering the door of his home last month.

James Lohr, 47, was arrested Friday by the Colorado Springs Police Department, Fox News confirms.

Lohr was wanted for questioning in the murder of Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements. It's unclear if Lohr has been charged.

Police continue to search for 31-year-old Thomas Guolee. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous with violent tendencies.

Authorities connected the two to Evan Ebel, who is suspected of killing Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements. Police say they are members of Ebel’s white supremacist prison gang.

Police say the two are not suspects but “persons of interest” in the killing.

Their names came up during the investigation into Clements' death – the first official word that the 211 Crew might be involved. Lohr and Guolee are known associates of the 211 Crew. 

Investigators are trying to determine whether Clements’ killing was an isolated attack or done at the direction of top members of the 211 Crew.

Authorities believe Lohr was in contact with gang associate Ebel days before the murders of Clements and pizza delivery man Nate Leon.

Police say they believe Ebel killed Leon and Clements before he was killed in a shootout in Texas.  His motive in the killings isn't clear.

According to the television station Lohr was arrested by Colorado Springs police after a short foot chase when police tried to stop a car.

Authorities issued an alert Wednesday asking other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Lohr and Guolee.

Both were wanted on warrants unrelated to the Clements investigation.

On Thursday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a sweeping review of the state's prison and parole operations as more evidence piled up showing how Ebel slipped through the cracks in the criminal justice system to become a suspect in the killing of the state's prisons chief.

Ebel was released from prison four years early due to a clerical error and violated his parole terms five days Clements was killed.

Officials said the state will now audit inmates' legal cases to ensure they are serving the correct amount of time. They also will ask the National Institute of Corrections to review the state's parole system, which is struggling under large caseloads.

Ebel was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities after the Colorado deaths. Investigators have said the gun Ebel used in the shootout was also used to kill Clements when the prisons chief answered the front door of his home in Monument.

 Ebel is the only suspect that investigators have named in Clements' death. They have said they're looking into his connection to the gang he joined while in prison, and whether that was connected to the attack.

 "Investigators are looking at a lot of different possibilities. We are not stepping out and saying it's a hit or it's not a hit. We're looking at all possible motives," Kramer said Wednesday.

Guolee is a parolee who served time for intimidating a witness and giving a pawnbroker false information, among other charges, court records show. Lohr was being sought on warrants out of Las Animas County for a bail violation and a violation of a protection order, according to court records.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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