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***Update** False Alarm , Huntsville Prison Escapee Thought to be in Bryan/College Station Not Comeaux

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

11:50 am - Police have obtained the person who was thought to be Arcade Comeaux by many eye witnesses. However, the man obtained is not Arcade Comeaux. The actual suspect remains at large.

10:59 am - Latest on suspect: 6', stocky, black man, dark stocking cap, dark green or blue hoodie, lightcolored grey or tan pants, white shoes & gloves. Suspect last seen at Taco Cabana, heading SE on bike...had very red eyes...multiple positive IDs of the suspect in question, Arcade Comeaux.

10:43 am - Police also searching through the Restaraunt Row area of College Station for escaped TDCJ Prisoner.

10:32 am - College Hills Elem School now in lock down as search area for escaped prisoner grows.

***Update** Huntsville Prisoner Escapee Thought to be in Bryan/College Station. Door to door searches are taking place around the University and Texas Avenue area in College Station. Please take a close look at his picture. If you see this man, please call 911.

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Authorities are looking for a Texas prison inmate they say temporarily took two prison officers hostage while being transferred to another prison, then escaped on foot east of Houston.

Officials say Arcade Joseph Comeaux was being taken Monday from a prison facility in Huntsville to one in Beaumont when he brandished a firearm.

The 49-year-old inmate disarmed the officers and handcuffed them together in the back of the prison van before fleeing on foot in the Baytown area. The officers were found Monday morning unharmed.

Officials believe Comeaux is wearing one of the officer's gray uniforms.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Comeaux is serving a life sentence for convictions in Fort Bend County of indecency with a child, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

KBTX NOTE: Comeaux was arrested in January 1998 in Brazos County, accused of aggravated sexual assualt of a child. He was convicted and given a life sentence.

The following is a press release from TDCJ concerning the incident:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials are searching for an inmate who took two transport officers hostage Monday morning before fleeing the vehicle on foot in the Baytown area.

Arcade Joseph Comeaux Jr., 49, is described as a black male, standing 6-feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He is serving a life sentence for indecency with a child out of Harris County, aggravated sexual assault out of Brazos County and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon out of Fort Bend County.

Preliminary reports are that Comeaux was being transported from the Estelle Unit in Huntsville to the Stiles Unit in Beaumont when he brandished a firearm and directed the officers to stop the vehicle. He took the officers' weapons and apparently handcuffed them together in the back of the transport vehicle before fleeing on foot in the Baytown area.

The officers were located by law enforcement officers at approximately 10 a.m. and were unharmed.

Comeaux did flee with the officers' weapons and was wearing one of the officer's uniforms. He is believed then to be wearing a grey correctional officer's uniform and black boots. He should be considered dangerous - anyone who believes they have seen Comeaux should call 911 or their local law enforcement officers.


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