Prison escapee captured in Nebraska

Prisone escapee David Puckett, 27, was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska nearly a week after he broke out of a Beaumont facility.

March 15, 2011 11:55:29 AM PDT
The inmate who escaped from a Beaumont prison last week was apprehended Monday night in Nebraska, officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. David Puckett, 27, was arrested in Omaha around 8:45pm Monday at the apartment of a female friend, who also was taken into custody.

Puckett jumped from a second-story window during an unsuccessful attempt to evade arrest. He was not injured in the incident.

He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, who were acting on information gathered in Houston by officers with the criminal justice department's Office of Inspector General and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. Two investigators with the Office of Inspector General were in Omaha assisting the U.S. Marshals.

Puckett escaped Wednesday from the Stiles Unit in Beaumont where he was serving his fifth year of a 30-year sentence for aggravated assault of a public servant out of Lavaca County.

He was the subject of a massive search in the Houston area after authorities discovered his getaway car at an extended-stay hotel near the Texas Medical Center last week. SWAT teams were even called Friday to search an outpatient clinic after someone reported a possible sighting. That sighting turned out to be nothing, but the building was barricaded until police searched every floor.