Police capture escaped inmate in downtown Houston after 2-hour search

HOUSTON – Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Houston police officers captured an inmate on Monday evening in downtown Houston about two hours after he ran from deputies while being booked into county jail.

A HPD helicopter crew helped located Johnathon Richmond, 29, hiding in underbrush on the south bank of Buffalo Bayou at Austin and Commerce about 50 yards from the jail’s inmate processing center at 7:15 p.m.

The crew used thermal detection equipment to identify the escapee’s likely location and directed a boat crew and officers on foot to the inmate.

Richmond was returned to jail in a patrol vehicle. Investigators said he has used several aliases and was booked into jail Monday night as Timothy Sonnier, 31, police said.

In addition to the Jefferson County larceny warrant that led to his arrest during a traffic stop, he was also a fugitive on charges of aggravated robbery and injury to a child, deputies said. Harris County District Clerk’s Office records also show he was charged in Harris County with giving false information in 2013 and 2007 and marijuana possession in 2007 and 2002.

The man was charged with felony escape late Monday evening. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said it will review booking procedures.


Source: KHOU 11