HOUSTON (KXAN) — An inmate who managed to escape from a Travis County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer on Saturday was captured Wednesday in Houston after a brief chase at an apartment complex, according to the US Marshals.
The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force received information that Dacious June Parker, 24, was hiding at the Timbers of Cranberry apartments in the 14000 block of Ella Blvd in north Harris County.
Around 5p.m., GCVOFTF swarmed the apartment and found Parker on the second floor. He jumped from a second floor window and ran across the parking lot.
Deputy J. Pulido of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy E. Barnot of GCVOFTF gave chase and attempted to stun Parker as he was jumping a fence but the contact wasn’t enough to stop him. They fired the Taser again and were able to arrest him.
Parker was transported to a local hospital for an ankle injury suffered when jumping from the second floor window. He is currently in the Harris County Jail with the additional charge of evading arrest.
Authorities say he escaped during a visit to the University Medical Center Brackenridge. 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 assigned to watch him stepped outside the room “momentarily and quickly discovered Parker was gone,” according to court documents.
A hospital employee told authorities they saw Parker running toward the elevator and getting in it. Hospital security and deputies started searching for him but were not able to locate him.
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.
Parker’s violent history
Parker was arrested and accused of 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.
Tran said he and Parker wrestled, and that is 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.
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 that the situation is still under investigation.