TYLER, Texas – An inmate who escaped custody while being transported to a different location was arrested on Tuesday after breaking into two houses, said the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.
The escapee was captured on video by a person who witnessed the escape.
A detention officer was transporting inmate Timothy Chappelle, 41, from the north jail to the central jail around 1 p.m.
He was inside a law enforcement vehicle, and authorities said he escaped when the car stopped on Gentry Parkway and Parkdale Drive. The inmate reportedly kicked out a back window and barricade. The witness to the escape showed the transport van and what appears to be a window that was kicked out.
Chappelle then ran north and broke into two houses near Wisteria Drive, the sheriff’s office said.
Chappelle was later taken into custody. Officials said Chappelle was originally in jail for criminal mischief. Now, he will face a charge for escape from custody and two counts of residential burglary.