Sabine Co. inmate back behind bars after jail escape

Sabine Co. inmate back behind bars after jail escape

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Sabine County inmate is back behind bars after he managed to escape through the jail's ventilation system Sunday.

According to a Facebook post by Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox, Kenneth Morris, a 24-year-old native of Port Arthur, was being held at the jail on several charges, including burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Maddox said Morris was able to get into the jail's ventilation system by removing the cover in his cell. Because the cover had been recently replaced and the wrong type of bolts were used to secure it, Morris was able to remove the cover.

"An intensive investigation and search for Morris ended Tuesday afternoon on LA 6 east of Toledo Town in Louisiana around 2 p.m.," Maddox said in his Facebook post.

Maddox and Chief Deputy George Griffin caught Morris after they went to check out a tip provided by a citizen, the Facebook post stated.

According to the Facebook post, a stolen vehicle believed to have been used in the escape was found around 4 p.m. on Green Briar Loop in the northeast part of Sabine County.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped in this investigation and apprehension," Maddox said in his Facebook post. "A special thanks to the citizens who furnished tips and leads that led to his capture. A Thank you to Sheriff Ronny Richardson and the Deputies of Sabine Parish for all of their assistance and cooperation, and to all of the Deputies of Sabine County for your work on this apprehension."

Copyright 2015 KTRE. All rights reserved.