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DENVER, CO (CBS/KCNC) - A bloodied and bruised Donnie Griffin was taken into custody Wednesday, after a daring attempt to run from law enforcement.

Ken Deal with the U.S. Marshal's Service said, "You have to think that he's extremely desperate."

The U.S. 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.

Deal said, "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 tracked Griffin to 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 and he said, "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 U.S. Marshal's badge inside.

Why Griffin had the items is unknown. Deal said, "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 allude arrest this afternoon."

Griffin was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

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