7 P.M. UPDATE- The search area of the perimeter has been lifted allowing employees of the Joe Corley Detention Unit , the Montgomery County Mental Health Unit and several bonding businesses to get get to their locations.
Today around 1:00 PM, a prisoner inside the Montgomery County Jail was determined to be missing and an immediate search was initiated of the exterior and surrounding areas of the jail.
A perimeter was set up and all traffic going in to the area of the Montgomery County Jail was shut down. Vehicles leaving were searched as other patrol units and dogs from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Conroe Police and DPS searched neighborhoods and heavily wooded areas surrounding the jail.
The prisoner, Britt Chadvurn Privatte, a white mail born 5-15-1972, was last seen in the recreation yard sometime earlier. Investigators believe that Privatte scaled a wall inside the recreation yard and broke through the upper fencing to the roof.
His black and white jail uniform was found on the roof of the jail. Once he left the roof area he was once again faced with having to scale at least one fence lined across the top with razor wire.
Privatte was arrested by the Houston Police Department on January 7, 2013, along with two other suspects involving a bank robbery inside the City of Houston but within the boundaries of Montgomery County in the Kingwood area.
Privatte was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on the following charges:
Aggravated Robbery Houston Police Department No Bond
Escape While arrested Houston Police Department No Bond
Burglary of a Habitation Harris County $20,000 Bond
Order of Arrest (Misdemeanor) Walker County $2,000 Bond
Aggravated Robbery X 3 Fort Bend County $50,000 Bond x 3
Privatte was known to work in the Walker County area and listed an address in Sugar Land, Texas as his home.
Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers and other local law enforcement agencies are working together using all available resources to track down and arrest the prisoner.
Privatte should be considered dangerous and anyone who may know the whereabouts of the escaped prisoner or has information they believe could be useful should call 936-760-5800 (Option 3) 24 hours a day or should contact their local law enforcement immediate.
This is the first escape in just over twenty-years from the Montgomery County Jail. The last two, back in the 90’s were both murder suspects and both captured within 10-days of their escape.
In one of those cases a Magnolia area attorney was murdered, not long after the suspect was arrested he escaped.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime. Call 800-392-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers WEB PAGE at