Escaped convict recaptured in Irving

September 23, 2009 9:02:40 AM PDT
An escaped convict is in official custody, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Joshua Duane Barnes, 21, was apprehended at about 10am Wednesday by the Irving Police Department. Barnes disappeared from a Galveston prison hospital over the weekend. According to prison officials, officers on a routine check entered Barnes' hospital room Saturday night and noted a hole in the wall. A vent within the wall had been removed, and officers found several blankets that had been tied together, extending to the facility's roof.

On Monday, Barnes allegedly broke into a Dallas area woman's home and held her hostage for a short time before robbing her of some cash and stealing her car. The woman was unhurt.

According to TDCJ's Office of Inspector General, the Irving PD received a phone call at about 9:30am about a suspicious person in a nearby park. Police responded and as they approached the man, he ran and a foot-chase ensued. The man, later identified as Barnes, barricaded himself in an abandoned residence before surrendering to police without incident at about 10am.

Barnes will be transported to one of TDCJ's Huntsville-area prisons later in the day. He will face felony escape charges.

Barnes is serving a 35 year sentence for multiple burglary charges out of Randall and Potter counties, as well as an aggravated assault charge and two previous escape charges from Potter County.

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