Trent Archie, 29, was on the run. He and another inmate, Davis McLeskey, attacked four corrections officers in Huntsville, Texas on June 28. The pair escaped; however, Davis Mcleskey, 23, was recaptured almost right away. Archie, serving time for a murder conviction, was more nimble and able to scale the gate. Video Link.
What made recapture so easy is that the escape was caught on video tape and was immediately released to the public. (Contrast this with how the Spierer video tape has been kept from the public. LINK. ) How did the jail escape happen? On the video, it looks like Archie and McLeskey asked jail officers if they could use the phones near the booking office. The sympathetic jailers granted their request. After about twenty minutes, jailers went to open the door and check on another inmate. When the doors were opened, the two men attacked the jailers and then fled the building.
McLeskey didn't make it far. He was almost immediately apprehended. On the other hand, Archie jumped over a gate. Not to worry, this is Texas! Archie was hunted down like a rabbit on the run. Law enforcement located him in a house just southwest of Houston on July 1. He was arrested without any shots being fired. According to ABC News, escapes are not new to the Walker County Jail. However, Texas is all about justice and they know how to track down the bad guys. (Perhaps we should call in the Texas Rangers to get to the bottom of the Lauren Spierer matter?)
Update 7-13-11: It does not appear that the convicts had any inside help in planning their escape. However, one can be almost certain that none of the interrogation ploys suggested by this reader were used. INTERROGATION BY ELECTRICITY