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Published on February 27, 2024
Texas Inmate Calvin Lee Patterson Recaptured After Escape from Rosharon's Stringfellow UnitSource: Facebook/Brazoria County Sheriff's Office

A Texas inmate's brief taste of freedom ended Tuesday morning when authorities nabbed him just a few miles from the facility he'd slipped out of hours earlier. Calvin Lee Patterson, 23, was captured around 9 a.m. after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and local law enforcement teams picked up his trail, officials confirmed.

Patterson, who is a probationer out of Harris County and was serving a nine-month sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was last sighted at approximately 4 a.m. at the Stringfellow Unit in Rosharon. According to FOX 26 Houston, he was tracked down by TDCJ's scent dogs and discovered about 2.5 miles from the prison grounds.

The details of Patterson's escape have not been disclosed by authorities, adding an element of mystery to the inmate's short-lived escape. However, in the wake of his recapture, he faces felony escape charges, a consequence likely to extend his tenure with the Texas criminal justice system.

"Thanks to local and state law enforcement and the Office of the Inspector General for assisting in the search and arrest," the TDCJ expressed in a statement obtained by ABC 13. The collaborative efforts underscore the rapid response mechanisms in place to rectify breaches in prison security, restoring order amidst these potentially volatile incidents.