A convicted intercourse offender was again behind bars on Monday after he managed to flee from a Texas jail after his mom slipped him a disguise.
Robert Yancy Jr., 39, was arrested about 45 miles southwest of the Brazoria County jail on Monday after fleeing from the Matagorda County lockup sooner or later earlier, in response to County Officers.
Two individuals have been busted for serving to Yancy hatch the plan and make his daring escape.
Yancy’s mom, Leonor Priestle, has been charged with allowing/facilitating her son’s escape, whereas her boyfriend, Russell Williams, has been charged with felony intent to flee, authorities mentioned. Yancy was additionally slapped with felony escape fees.
The debacle started on Sunday when Priestle visited her son on the jail on Sunday whereas carrying a black sweater and beanie. The mother by some means handed the objects to Yancy and he shortly modified outfits with out being seen, the Texas Division of Legal Justice’s Clemens Unit (TDCJ) advised ABC13
Priestle additionally allegedly gave her intercourse felony son an ID badge that allowed him to exit the jail. Despite the fact that the ID badge didn’t have his identify on it, Yancy was in a position to waltz out of the jail together with his mom at about 3:38 p.m. with out the correctional officers noticing the ruse.
Authorities revealed that Priestle was a former TDCJ correctional officer, and labored on the McConnell Unit in Beeville from March 2010 to September 2011.
Officers speculated that Yancy’s mom had inside info from that earlier job to assist him depart the guarded facility unnoticed.
After they walked out of the jail, Yancy and his mom hopped right into a 2021 white Nissan Versa and drove off, in response to the Brazoria County Precinct 4 Constable’s Workplace. After cops found they’d an inmate on the unfastened, the mom’s Nissan’s license plate was entered right into a statewide plate reader system.
Priestle was pulled over by police at a visitors mild shortly earlier than 8:30 p.m. Sunday, about 110 miles west of the jail, however her escapee son was nowhere to be discovered. She was taken into custody for an impressive felony warrant associated to Yancy’s escape from jail.
It remained unclear on Sunday what position her boyfriend, Williams, performed in her son’s escape.
Fortunately, parkgoers alerted to the escape acknowledged Yancy on the FM 521 River Park and referred to as authorities on Monday.
Yancy reportedly tried utilizing the jail ID he was allegedly given by his mom as his personal when confronted by police however finally confessed.
The escapee was nonetheless carrying his white jail garments in a photograph launched by the jail.
Yancy is at the moment serving his life sentence with out parole on the jail’s Clemens Unit after he was convicted of steady sexual abuse of a kid for repeatedly abusing a 7-year-old woman over three years, authorities mentioned.
It took the jury solely 23 minutes to deliberate his sentence throughout his two-day trial in Might 2022, in response to the Victoria Advocate.
“We wish to thank everybody concerned for working collectively and capturing this harmful particular person as shortly as attainable,” TDCJ mentioned following his seize.
The Brazoria County Detention Middle is about 40 miles southwest of Houston.
Yancy was the second inmate to flee from the Clemens Unit this 12 months, in response to ABC13. On Oct. 6, Cadarion Avery — who was an inmate at a housing location exterior the principle jail for inmates serving non-violent sentences — walked away from the unit however was discovered close by quickly after.
TDCJ mentioned the unit was trying into safety processes and investigating areas to enhance.