FORT WORTH -- An 18-year-old Tarrant County inmate, handcuffed in front and wearing socks, ran loose through downtown Fort Worth for about an hour Sunday morning after escaping during a transfer to the Tarrant County Jail, county officials said.
Crae Marquis Baston was being transported to the jail at 100 N. Lamar St. from the Mansfield Jail with 12 other inmates about 9 a.m. when he ran out of a door at the downtown jail as it was closing behind him, said Terry Grisham, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.
Baston ran south and apparently tried to carjack someone on Throckmorton Street, Grisham said. Details about the attempted carjacking were unavailable Sunday.
After a search for about an hour, Baston, who was in street clothes, was spotted and arrested by an officer at Pennsylvania and Summit avenues. Fort Worth officers, sheriff's deputies and supervisors flooded downtown streets looking for Baston, Grisham said.
"We mobilized everybody we had," he said.
"There is nothing more important to us than to prevent escapes and to capture someone when an escape occurs."
Baston was initially arrested by Fort Worth police on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor. Grisham said he was later charged with felony assault on a public servant after an altercation with a guard at the Police Department's holding facility on Belknap Street. Baston was in the Tarrant County Jail on Sunday night.