Conroe police say escapee found hiding in a trash can

Cedric Joseph Marks is handcuffed after being arrested Sunday. He led police on a search after he escaped custody in Conroe.

Authorities say a man with three pending murder charges escaped a prisoner transport vehicle Sunday morning in Conroe, triggering a multi-agency manhunt that ended Sunday afternoon when he was found hiding under a trash can in the 1000 block of Windswept St. in Conroe.

According to a statement from Conroe Police Department, the escapee, Cedric Joseph Marks, 44, was part of a group of 10 prisoners being transported by the Texas Prisoner Transport Services and under the supervision of two guards.

Marks made his escape when the vehicle stopped at a McDonald’s in the 800 block of N. Loop 336.

“Cedric Joseph Marks was able to escape the van and fled south of the location. A perimeter was set up and a search conducted utilizing K9 officers and law enforcement from multiple agencies,” the statement reads. “After an extensive K-9 search and new video surveillance emerged, law enforcement regrouped and began a grid search from the original location.”

During the search, police reportedly found Marks hiding under a trash can. He surrendered without incident and was taken into custody.

“At this time, the circumstances surrounding Marks’ escape are still under investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the finding will be presented to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office,” according to the statement.

Agencies assisting Conroe Police Department were Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals and the Gulf Coast Task Force, Texas DPS CID, Texas Rangers, Texas Highway Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Pct. 3, Harris County Pct. 4, TDCJ K-9, Montgomery County Pct. 2, Conroe Fire Marshal, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Splendora Police Department.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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