3 Murder Suspects Escape Texas County Jail by Scaling Wall

Three murder suspects escaped a Texas jail Friday morning and were briefly on the loose before being apprehended. The men, who were accused of murder in separate incidents, escaped from Bexar County Detention Center in downtown San Antonio.

Jacob Anthony Brownson, Luis Antonio Arroyo and Eric Trevino were discovered missing at around 10:40 a.m. local time and were apprehended in a restaurant less than an hour later. The woman who drove the trio's getaway car was also arrested.

In a press conference, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that the inmates cut a hole in the mesh of a 20-foot-tall fence and used bedsheets to escape. After getting to the street, the men were picked up in a white sedan. 

“Definitely a good ending to what was a tense situation. We are continuing to investigate … we’ll start working backward to find out how it was that they formulated this plan and got the material together that [was] needed to affect this escape,” said Salazar.

Salazar said police were immediately notified about the escape by witnesses in front of the jail. 

The three inmates escaped during recreation time and will face additional charges for the incident. Salazar said that the jail would remain on lockdown as they investigated.

Trevino was accused of killing a 3-year-old in a drive-by shooting last year and had previously spent time in jail on child pornography charges; Brownson is charged with the murder of three men in 2016; and Arroyo was charged with the shooting and stabbing deaths of two women from 2016, according to the San Antonio Express-News. All three could potentially face the death penalty for the alleged murders. 

The Sheriff’s Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

inmate escape From left: Luis Antonio Arroyo, Jacob Anthony Brownson and Eric Trevino escaped from a Texas county prison. Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

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