Houston County law enforcement agencies searching for escaped jail inmate

Houston County law enforcement agencies searching for escaped jail inmate

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - UPDATE: The Houston County Sheriff's Office has sent an update regarding the search for Bobby Eugene Wood, who escaped from jail early Monday.

They said numerous agencies including  Crockett Police, Texas Rangers, TDCJ OIG, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Huntsville Police, and the Walker County Sheriff's Office have been assisting in the search for Wood and they appreciate their help.

The Sheriff said they have received numerous tips and are thankful.

They say they still are searching for him. They have interviewed many of Wood's acquaintances in others cities and counties.

Houston County law enforcement agencies are searching for an inmate who escaped from the jail early Monday morning.

"If you should see this person, you are urged to call 911," a press release from the Houston County Sheriff's Office stated. "Do not attempt to detain this person. He should be considered dangerous."

The press release identified the escaped jail inmate as Bobby Eugene Wood, 55. He is described as being 5-foot-7 and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. He is balding, and he has gray hair. Wood has green eyes.

According to the press release, Wood is a pre-trial detainee, and he had been assigned to work as a trustee in the kitchen.

"This morning, while preparing and serving meals, Wood complained of feeling ill," the press release stated. "He was allowed to go to the restroom. During this time, he made his escape."

Authorities believe that Wood propped the kitchen receiving door open sometime during his shift in the kitchen, the press release stated. Then he allegedly escaped via the receiving door and fled east toward a park area in Crockett.

"We have a lot of talented folks that wind up in jail," said Chief Deputy GP Shearer. "Some of them are too dangerous to put in positions as a trustee, and they never make it. Others are granted trustee status, and most of them work out fine, and occasionally you'll have someone like Mr. Wood who is not very trustworthy."

Wood was last seen wearing black and white-striped jail clothing. He was also wearing a dark-colored jacket.

The ongoing manhunt and the worsening weather conditions prompted Grapeland ISD's administration to cancel tonight's band practice.

Back in November of 2017, Wood and another man allegedly fled on foot after Groesbeck police officers pulled a vehicle over. The other two people in the vehicle were arrested.

At the time Wood fled from the traffic stop, he was wanted on warrants for burglary of a building out of Houston and Leon counties, according to a KXXV story. He also had an active parole violation warrant for burglary of a building.

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