WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals have added to their ”15 Most
Wanted “ list of fugitives a man serving three life sentences who
escaped custody during his transport from Huntsville, Texas, to
During the escape, Arcade Joseph Comeaux, Jr. allegedly produced a
weapon and fired upon two correctional officers, took them hostage
and forced them to drive to Baytown, Texas, where he restrained the
officers in the back of the van, took their firearms and one of
Comeaux’s escape is all the more surprising since authorities had
mistakenly believed he was paralyzed following a stroke, and was
wheelchair bound. Comeaux fled on foot following his escape.
“Comeaux has demonstrated a long history of incredibly violent
behavior and complete disregard for the law,” said John F. Clark,
Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “There is no question he will
resort to his violent ways again so his arrest is a top priority for
Comeaux was in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual
assault of a child and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to Texas authorities, the weapons conviction stemmed from
a 1999 incident where he stabbed his wife 17 times while she was
visiting him in prison.
He now faces additional charges of kidnapping and one charge of
escape out of Montgomery County, Texas. He is also wanted on a
warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution by the U.S.
Comeaux is a 49-year-old black male. He is 6 feet tall and weighs
220 pounds. He has salt-and-pepper black hair and a receding
A $25,000 reward is offered for information leading directly to
Comeaux’s arrest. He is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you
have information about his whereabouts, contact your nearest U.S.
Marshals office or call the Marshals’ 24-hour hotline at
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law
enforcement agency. For more information on U.S. Marshals 15 Most
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