An inmate who escaped from a downtown Houston prison late Monday by crawling through a section of ventilation system and kicking out a portion of wall was recaptured today.
Andrew Dale Coley, 25, who was in the South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility for a parole violation, was caught after being spotted by the University of Houston Downtown Police Chief Richard D. Boyle, according to a statement this afternoon by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. John Martin gave this account: Boyle was jogging along the bayou near the county jail on North San Jacinto Street in plain clothes when he recognized Coley.
The chief asked the subject if he was Andrew Coley, who replied he was. The chief then identified himself and attempted to take Coley into custody. Instead Coley fled, and after a short chase, the chief was able to apprehend him and take him to the jail.
Coley was convicted of auto theft in March 2006 in Galveston County and sentenced to two years in prison.
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