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‘Dangerous’ escaped Houston inmate captured after manhunt, authorities say

Harris County Sheriff's Office via CNN Newsource

Originally Published: 13 JUN 24 23:17 ET

Updated: 14 JUN 24 05:20 ET

By Raja Razek and Paradise Afshar, CNN

(CNN) — An escaped inmate in Houston who was considered to be “dangerous” was captured after a manhunt, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

Joshua Nigel Thomas Sanders, 35, escaped Thursday on his way back to jail from a court appearance, the sheriff’s office said. He was being held on charges of burglary and possession of a weapon by a felon.

Sanders had been captured as of 3 a.m. Friday in East Harris County, the sheriff’s office announced. No further details were available on where he was found.

“He went to court today and it appears that on his way back to from court, he was able to facilitate an escape,” Assistant Chief of Detentions Command Phillip Bosquez said during a Thursday news conference. “He accosted a woman during that escape once he got out on the street.”

During the escape, Sanders jumped into the car of a court employee who was leaving work, Bosquez said. The woman wrecked the car on Commerce Street outside the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, he added.

“After the car was disabled during the accident, the subject got out of the car and ran down the street,” Bosquez said. “That was our last location with him on camera.”

While the woman was “shaken up,” she was not injured, Bosquez noted.

Authorities believe Sanders had a knife at some point after his escape, though it was unclear where or when he obtained the weapon.

CNN has reached out to authorities for additional information.

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