Texas offender escapes from Johnston Unit in Winnsboro Monday, apprehended two miles away

WINNSBORO — An escaped convict is back in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after making it about two miles away from the Clyde M Johnston Unit Monday.

Alvin Elliot, 25, escaped around 8:15 am Monday and a massive search went underway.

“More than 50 searchers, including dog teams from 4 regional units, aided in the search along with crews on horseback and a DPS search drone,” stated TDCJ.

He was located and taken by TDCJ correctional staff at 4:05 pm near FM 515 and County Road 44201 just east of Windsboro.

“I pulled my weapon, told him to put his hands up. He laid down and we took him into custody,” stated Security OPS Sergeant Robert Nunley.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Elliot was a trusty at the Johnston Unit and appeared to walk off of a work assignment while landscaping with a work crew outside of the secure perimeter of the unit.

“Elliot is a probationer assigned to Johnston as a condition of his probation,” said a release from TDCJ. “He was convicted of burglary of a habitation in Morris County.”

He had been at the Johnston unit since June 24th, 2019.

Elliot will be a arraigned in Wood County on Felony Escape charges according to TDCJ.

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