BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A manhunt for an escaped inmate in Bastrop County came to a close Friday evening when the man surrendered to police.
The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office says the inmate, a trustee, was doing routine yard work when he walked away from the jail, located at 200 Jackson St. in the town of Bastrop, at around 1:30 p.m. He was located by deputies at around 7:20 p.m. Authorities say he will now face additional charges.
Deputies say the escapee, Matthew Ryan Cagwin, was booked into jail on non-violent charges.
Sheriff Rosanna Abreo said Cagwin was with another inmate and a guard when he said he was going to the bathroom, but never returned.
The sheriff said he’s not considered dangerous and his criminal history doesn’t include any assaults, but if anyone were to see Cagwin, call 911 and stay away from him.
A KXAN Viewer reported a large law enforcement presence near the intersection of FM 1441 and Highway 95, north of Bastrop.
The department also used an Austin Police Department helicopter along with two canines from APD and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
No stranger to the Bastrop County Jail, records show Cagwin has been booked into the facility 11 times over the past five years. He was most recently booked into the jail on Aug. 24 for possession of less than a gram of a controlled substance.
In December 2014, an inmate escaped from a federal correction facility on State Highway 29. He was later caught in Burnet County.