Condemned Texas killer Charles Thompson’s three-day run to freedom ended on a bicycle last night in front of a Shreveport, La., liquor store, reports the Houston Chronicle. The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force got a tip that led Shreveport police and the U.S. Marshals Service to the site. Asked to identify himself, the man replied, “You know who I am.” Thompson, 35, appeared to be intoxicated.
The arrest ended a massive manhunt that began Thursday when Thompson, under a death sentence for the 1998 murders of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, slipped away from the Harris County Jail in Houston. The inmate, who was awaiting transfer to death row, had gotten loose from handcuffs, slipped into street clothes and convinced jailers that he was a state investigator. Chief Deputy Danny Billingsley said the jail continues to investigate what went wrong and who may have helped the escape. Billingsley said, “We will find out how he got out of jail. I promise you this, that our policies and procedures will change.” News of the arrest was a relief to relatives of his victims and jurors who sentenced him to death last month. “We were afraid someone (else) was going to lose their life,” said John Donaghy, brother of murder victim Dennise Hayslip.