UPDATE: Police in Orange find fleeing suspect

Joshua Melvin Harper


Police in Orange have apprehended a man who fled from custody early Sept. 26. Police arrested Joshua Melvin Harper at about 10:24 a.m. after he escaped from the back of a patrol car over eight hours earlier.

According to OPD Captain Cliff Hargrave, Harper was hiding out at a residence on Barker Cypress Road in Orange, and after receiving a tip regarding his whereabouts police found him at the house hiding behind furniture in a bedroom of the home. Harper was reportedly in possession of steroids, a controlled substance, when found occupying a vehicle reported stolen from Freestone County. Police obtained a warrant for Harper's arrest for his escape early this morning. He was captured shortly after a press release revealed police were looking for him.

"We're glad we got him," says OPD's Captain Hargrave.

Original story:

Police in Orange are searching for fleeing suspect 24-year-old Joshua Melvin Harper who escaped from a patrol vehicle after being taken into custody in relation to a stolen vehicle, reports the Orange Police Department.

According to a news release from OPD, on Friday, September 26, at approximately 2:00 a.m., patrol officers encountered a vehicle broken down in the 1700 block of 16th Street in Orange. After running the vehicle's plates, officers discovered it had been stolen out of Freestone County. A white male that was occupying the vehicle was arrested and identified as Harper.

While the officers were dealing with the vehicle and another person, Harper managed to escape from the back of a patrol vehicle and flee on foot while handcuffed. He was wearing a blue tank top shirt and light-colored shorts, report police. At the time of this report, Harper is still at large. He is known to live in Freestone County but is from Orange.

Anyone with information on the location of Joshua Melvin Harper, call the Orange Police Department at (409) 883-1026.