San Augustine Co. fugitive believed to have escaped to Harris Co.

Roger Parker. (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice.)
Roger Parker. (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice.)

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - San Augustine County authorities say a Humble man wanted on a parole warrant managed to elude law enforcement all day Friday in the woods before stealing a vehicle and escaping to Harris County.

Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham said Roger Dale Parker Jr., 35, avoided dozens of law enforcement officers and track dogs in the Broaddus area from about 5 a.m. Friday until 10 p.m. that night. He eventually crossed thousands of acres of heavily wooded land and came out to State Highway 103, where he broke into a residence and stole a purse and dyed his hair, Cunningham said. Further down the road, Parker stole a pickup which they believe he used to escape to Harris County.

Cunningham said he not comment on specifics of how they determined where he escaped, but that he is confident authorities will arrest him soon.

If that happens, Parker will have a slew of new charges facing him. Cunningham said at the beginning of Friday's pursuit, Parker stole a four-wheeler and almost ran over a county commissioner assisting in the search.

"We're looking at perhaps multiple burglaries, aggravated assault with a vehicle and auto theft," Cunningham said.

Parker is wanted on a parole violation after he was arrested on grand jury indictments for theft of air-conditioning units from churches. However, he made bond on those charges before the state could file the parole violation.

According to Sheriff David Smith, deputies saw Parker go into a residence in Broaddus at 3:30 a.m. Friday. Deputies went into the residence and Smith said they heard him in the attic. He then jumped out of the attic and ran into a wooded area near Broaddus Elementary.

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