Inmate escapes from Hardin County Jail

Donavin Michael Cantwell and Kala Renay Kinsey

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an escape that occurred at the Hardin County Jail.

Donavin Michael Cantwell, 28, was charged with the felony offenses of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading detention and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

He is described as white male, 5-11 and weighing 160 pounds, with very short brown hair, blue eyes and a heavy, short heard.

June 22 at about 5 a.m., Cantwell was able to move past guards and exit the jail during the morning feeding activity. Video surveillance captured the event.

The inmate traveled on foot to a nearby home. He was provided assistance by another person, and the two of them fled the Kountze area in a vehicle. The vehicle and the female accomplice, identified as Kala Renay Kinsey, 31, of Kountze, have been located in Tyler County near the town of Warren.

Kinsey has been arrested and charged with the felony offense of facilitating escape. Her bond has been set at $25,000.

She is accused of knowingly providing support and transportation to Cantwell, when she knew him to be an escaped inmate.

Cantwell was not found. The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Cantwell. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, contact the sheriff’s office or your local law enforcement agency.

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