hardin county jail

Donavin Michael Cantwell
Karissa Hopkins

Hardin County Jail escapee Donavin Michael Cantwell has been captured in Harris County, near Channelview, Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release Aug. 17.

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.

Cole Jesse Sinclair

Feb. 3 at 11:07 p.m., Lumberton Police officers were called to Whataburger, 401 N Main St., in reference to a possible intoxicated driver, Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins reported Feb. 6.


The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of an inmate at the Hardin County Jail who was found unresponsive in his cell following a public intoxication arrest on Aug. 27, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported in a news release.