A capital murder suspect and a convicted drug offender who escaped from an East Texas jail were captured Thursday, two days after they slipped past a fence only to be found in a neighboring county to the north.
The Associated Press reports that Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King were captured in the town of Cooper, said Hopkins County sheriff’s Deputy Alvin Jordan. He said they were being returned to the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs but had no other details.
A press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety has more details:
"Investigative leads on Tuesday brought the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force to the residence of 1050 E Dallas St, Cooper, TX where conversations were held with a man who was believed as someone that may assist Tucker while on the run. At the time there was no sign of Tucker at this location. Today at approximately 4:40 p.m., Investigative leads once again led to 1050 E Dallas St, Cooper, TX where the home owner and step son were harboring both wanted, armed fugitives in the loft of a barn behind the house.
"No tip was involved in this capture and no reward will be paid." (The latest details are at the bottom of this document.)
— Bill Miller