Prisoner transport company shuts down after inmate escape

CONROE, Texas (KTRK) -- Days after an MMA fighter wanted in connection with murders escaped in the Conroe area, the private inmate transport company responsible for bringing him across state lines has shut down.

Cedric Joseph Marks escaped Sunday morning in the 800 block of N. Loop 336 West in Conroe. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Conroe Police Department searched and cautioned residents to stay indoors during the manhunt.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we urge citizens in north Conroe between TX-105 and North Loop on both sides of 45 to stay indoors," said deputies at the time.

Marks escaped from a private prisoner transport when they stopped at McDonald's. He was found a few hours later, in the backyard of a home in the 1000 block of Windswept.

Police say he was hiding in a 55-gallon trash can less than a mile from the McDonald's parking lot.

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Marks was in transport from Michigan after being captured by the US Marshal's for a warrant for burglary. Texas Prisoner Transport Services was en route to Bell County, Texas at the time of their stop.

ABC13 confirmed Friday afternoon that Texas Prisoner Transport Services has gone out of business.

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Cedric Marks was captured after hiding out in a garbage can of a Conroe home.



At the time of the escape, police say Marks had leg restraints, hand restraints, and belly restraints, and are unsure how he was able to remove them.

Marks also has warrants for the murders of Michael Swearingen, 32, and Jenna Scott, 28, in an investigation that began in Temple, Texas in Jan. 2019. He has three pending murder charges and is a professional MMA fighter.
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