Prisoner escapes, armed and at large
POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 6:41pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:01am
HOUSTON - A convicted sex offender serving a life sentence
pulled a gun on two guards during a prison transfer today.
State prison officials say 49-year-old Arcade Joseph Comeaux Jr.
held the guards hostage briefly before fleeing on foot in one of
the guard's uniforms.
Officials say that at the time of the escape, the inmate was in
a wheelchair that he claimed he needed to help move him around.
Prison system spokesman Michelle Lyons says the guards were
transferring Comeaux from a prison in Huntsville, north of Houston,
to one in Beaumont, in southeast Texas, when he made his bid for
Comeaux took the officers' weapons and handcuffed them together
in the back of the vehicle before fleeing on foot. The officers
were later found unharmed about an hour later.
Lyons said Comeaux was wearing one of the officer's gray
uniforms and black boots and took the guards' weapons, a shotgun
and two semiautomatic pistols. He left his own weapon behind.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says several unconfirmed
sightings of Comeaux were reported in the Baytown area. The escape
triggered a lockdown at Lee College and three campuses in the Goose
Creek school district, in and around Baytown.
BAYTOWN, Texas - Authorities say a Texas inmate has escaped
during a prison transfer after temporarily taking two prison guards
Officials believe Arcade Joseph Comeaux (KOH'-moh) is armed and
wearing a prison officer's uniform after the Monday morning
According to a statement the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice issued on Monday, officials say Comeaux was being
transferred from a prison in Huntsville to one in Beaumont when he
pulled out a gun. The 49-year-old man then took the prison
officers' weapons and handcuffed them together in the back of the
prison van before escaping on foot.
Police found the officers unharmed about 10 a.m. Monday.
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