Two inmates who escaped from the Liberty County Jail, in Texas, early Tuesday, Aug. 20, by cutting a hole through a fence were taken into custody hours later in Shepherd, about 50 miles away, authorities said.
Clay Sterling Harvey, 44, of Nederland, and Chance Marshall Hunt, 28, of Beaumont—were captured in San Jacinto County, which neighbors Liberty County.
Capt. Ken Defoor with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said the inmates escaped between 4 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Tuesday through a fence they cut open with bolt cutters.
Harvey surrendered without resistance Tuesday afternoon in Shepherd. Hunt fled into woods nearby but was captured later.
According to the sheriff’s office, Harvey was in jail on a drug-related charge and a parole violation count, and Hunt was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a burglary-related count, and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
DeFoor issued a thank you on behalf of Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader after the arrest.
“Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader said he wishes to thank the many law enforcement agencies that worked hand-in-hand to make this rapid arrest possible and the news media, as well, as they assisted greatly by getting the information to the public in a such a timely manner,” DeFoor said.