HOUSTON – An inmate who escaped from custody in downtown Houston Friday morning was quickly recaptured, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The escape happened around 4:30 a.m. as a deputy was transporting inmates from the 1200 Baker St. jail.
The deputy noticed Jamon Walker, 21, was in an area he wasn’t supposed to be in and asked him to stop, but Walker refused and ran past the deputy, making it to the outside of the building, the sheriff’s office said.
A search perimeter was immediately set up and at approximately 5 a.m. a patrol deputy apprehended Walker near Lee and Staples streets after a brief foot chase.
Walker had his shirt in hand and he had discarded his shoes. He complained about chest pains and was placed into an ambulance for a medical evaluation.
Walker has been in the Harris County Jail since July 2013 on a capital murder charge out of the City of Houston. He is accused of robbing and fatally shooting a 54-year-old man on July 18, 2013 in southeast Houston. Walker now faces felony escape charges.
A lockdown placed on all three detention facilities has been lifted and all other inmates have been accounted for, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
There will be an internal investigation into how Walker was able to slip out of the jail.