U.S. Marshal

Joshua Hansen

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested a federal escapee as the inmate attempted to smuggle numerous items of contraband back into the federal prison complex in Beaumont, reports Capt. Crystal Holmes.

According to Holmes, deputies received information that inmates were escaping from the federal complex on the back side of the facility and crossing onto private land owned by a local rancher. It was reported that they were picking up contraband and taking it back inside the prison.

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Deputies and U.S. Marshals attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant were met with armed resistance by a man with a loaded gun in the 800 block of F.M. 1131 in Vidor on Feb. 25, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Eric McGowen, wanted for fleeing from his trial in Liberty County on charges of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, has been arrested by a team of law enforcement officers led by the U.S. Marshals in Houston, according to a press release from the agency.

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