Travis County inmate still on the run after escaping from hospital

Dacious June Parker

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An inmate who managed to escape from a Travis County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer over the weekend is still on the run. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said deputies along with law enforcement from across the state are still actively looking for 24-year-old Dacious June Parker.

Authorities say Parker escaped during a visit to the University Medical Center Brackenridge early Saturday morning. Parker had already been at the hospital for four days prior to his escape, receiving treatment for an illness. Parker made his escape when the corrections officer, who was assigned to watch him, stepped outside of the room, “momentarily and quickly discovered Parker was gone,” according to court documents.

A hospital employee told authorities they saw Parker running towards the elevator and getting in it. Hospital security and deputies started searching for him but they weren’t able to locate him.

Parker was last seen leaving the hospital at 3:32 a.m. on surveillance video from the hospital and headed east on 15th Street. He was last seen wearing a hospital gown and blue hospital pants.

Parker, who is also known as Corey, was convicted on June 9 for aggravated assault with serious bodily injury and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

People should not approach Parker. If anyone knows where he is, or see him, they should 911.

Parker’s Violent History

Parker was arrested for assaulting three officers earlier this year and also firing a gun at a crowd of people, but all those charges were dismissed because of the 20-year sentence for the attack at a nail salon in 2012.

“I said, ‘What are you doing man?’ and he turns around and hits me,” said Anh Tein “Andy” Tran, owner of Annie’s Nail and Spa in Pflugerville. In 2012, Tran said Parker, along with another person went inside the store and started searching for money.

CONVICTIONS

  • Convicted of assault of bodily injury in Round Rock in 2008
  • Convicted of assault in Austin in 2009
  • Convicted for burglary of habitation in Austin in 2009
  • Convicted for possession of marijuana in Brenham in 2012
  • Convicted of  aggravated assault in Pflugerville in 2012

Tran said he and Parker wrestled and that’s when one of the suspects said he had a gun. “Run, run, run,” is what Tran said he told his employees and customers during the altercation. Customers locked themselves in bathrooms and other rooms to get away from the suspects.

One customer jumped in to help Tran, but Parker bit off his pinky finger and swallowed it and it didn’t stop there. Tran said Parker bit him on his right bicep, right shoulder and other parts of his arm.

Parker was accused of assaulting two officers and biting an officer’s pinky during an arrest in February 2015.

Policy

KXAN wanted to know if the corrections officer violated policy by leaving the inmate unsupervised. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t answer that question. A spokesperson said they will request a ruling from the Attorney General to see if they can release their policy for supervising inmates. The Sheriff’s Office did confirm the corrections officer has not been placed on leave and the situation is still under investigation.

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