Inmate breaks 5th-story window, uses hose to make brief escape

The escape didn't last long, as the 39-year-old was captured about 20 minutes later


By Jack Howland
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — An inmate in a Fort Worth jail smashed a fifth-story window early Tuesday morning and used a fire extinguisher and a hose to break free, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.

The escape didn't last long, the sheriff's office said, as the 39-year-old was captured about 20 minutes later.

He taken to John Peter Smith Hospital to be treated for injuries suffered during the escape attempt, the agency said in a news release. His identity wasn't immediately released.

Sheriff's office deputies responded to an escape call at the Lon Evans Correction Center around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to the release. The 39-year-old man had broken a window on the fifth floor to make his escape, the sheriff's office said.

The initial investigation revealed he used a fire extinguisher and a hose to get outside of the facility.

Lt. Jennifer Gabbert, a sheriff's office spokesperson, didn't immediately respond to follow-up questions on how the inmate made his escape, or how severe his injuries were.

A Tarrant County patrol sergeant found him around 4 a.m., according to the release. The man was taken to JPS.

He is being held in jail on charges of aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest or detention, and indecent exposure, the sheriff's office said.

Additional charges in connection to the brief escape are pending, the agency said.

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