Jasper Co. inmate escapes custody while at hospital

Jasper Co. inmate escapes custody while at hospital
Wesley Evans (Source: Jasper County Jail)
Wesley Evans (Source: Jasper County Jail)

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement in Jasper County are searching for someone they said escaped custody on Tuesday.

According to Chief Deputy Sheriff Glenn Blank, the inmate Wesley Evans, 20, broke out of Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital around 11:13 a.m.

The inmate was at the hospital for a hand evaluation, according to Blank.

Evans was last seen behind the Walmart in Jasper. He was only wearing boxer briefs and possibly handcuffs.

"We checked with the security officer at Walmart, and we checked the video and saw where he had run down the power line behind Walmart," said Sheriff Newman of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

"Police were scattered everywhere like they were looking for somebody," said Meguel Irvine, a resident at one of the scenes of interest.

All Jasper ISD schools went on lock down to ensure the safety of their students. It was startling news for parents.

"I was kind of nervous because I know my child, and he's friendly. I was a little worried about that," said Christina Duncan, a Jasper parent.

"He's got some serious charges, and he's running from the law," Newman said.

The Texas Department of Corrections, City of Jasper and helicopter are on the scene in Jasper looking for Evans.

"We've never had one I hadn't found. We'll find him. Might lose sleep, but we'll find him," Newman said.

According to Evans arrest record, he has previously been arrested for evading arrest, along with burglary and marijuana possession.

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