FLORENCE, Colo. - The search for the man who escaped a correctional facility in Canon City continues with law enforcement investigating dozens of reported sightings from all over the county.
Florence police chief Mike Delaurentis says he has personally responded to multiple calls for possible sightings of Robert Roberts. "Uniformed officers including myself have been responding to calls all day long from the public about possible sightings," Delaurentis says, "We love the public helping us out like that, the more eyes the better." Roberts escaped from the Skyline Correctional Facility Sunday afternoon. When staff did the headcount, they noticed Roberts wasn't there. That's when the manhunt began.
Sunday night, authorities focused their search on Pathfinder Park, less than two miles away from the facility. The Florence Police Department used drones in the densely wooded area flying it above the trees looking for any sign of the escapee.
Roberts was in custody for forgery charges, not a violent crime so some in the community say they are not too concerned about the escape. Cindy McFarland is one of them, "[I'm] not scared at all. He is long gone," McFarland says.
However, for Doug Moody who lives right next to Pathfinder Park and saw several law enforcement vehicles, he says it made him fear for his family's safety, "I've been more nervous about it. A criminal is a criminal and when he is on the run, he's desperate," Moody says. Chief Delaurentis, says no matter the crime, there is some reason to worry, "He escaped for a reason he is still a prisoner, just be on the alert. Some people take desperate measures in desperate times."
Roberts had four months left in his 18-month sentence. The chief says if he is captured it is possible he could be serving a longer sentence for escaping than what he was put in there for, but that will be up to the Colorado Department of Corrections.