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December 07, 2009 Supervisory Deputy Marco Villarreal,
USMS Gulf Coast Violent Offenders & Fugitive Task Force
(713) 718-4259
William Sorukas, Chief, Domestic Investigations, USMS
(703) 304-1243
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Texas Prison Escapee Captured by U.S. Marshals

Arcade Joseph Comeaux, Jr. (Captured)WASHINGTON – U.S. Marshals '15 Most Wanted' fugitive, Arcade Joseph Comeaux, Jr., has been apprehended in Houston, TX after a week on the run. Comeaux was serving three life sentences when he escaped custody during his transport from Huntsville, Texas to Stiles, Texas on November 30, 2009.

During the escape, 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 their uniforms.

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. Marshals Service.

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