Walker County authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped after over-powering a jailer around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, after requesting to place a telephone call to his mother. Two other female jailers were also hurt during the escape and had to be taken to the hospital.
Authorities say 29-year-old Trent Archie is on the run and may be traveling in a gray Toyota sedan. Archie was reportedly last seen in the Forest Hills area of Huntsville between I-45 and Hickory Street.
Search dogs lost Trent Archie’s scent around 8:00 Tuesday morning at the Forest Gate Apartment Complex. Authorities believe Archie has left the area.
Sheriff’s Deputies say Archie may be armed with a 9 millimeter handgun and is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Archie is around 6′ 1" and has tattoos on his right arm from his elbow to his wrist. He is described as having a slender build.
Authorities with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office say, if you see Archie, do not try to apprehend him instead, notify authorities by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 936-435-2400.
Archie was in jail on drug charges and has an extensive criminal history, including a 2006 murder conviction which was overturned in 2009.
Back in June, it took multiple law enforcement agencies in Walker County to arrest Archie. He had attempted to flee from Huntsville Police, Texas Rangers, two sheriff’s departments and U.S. Marshals. He was accused of committing three assaults.
His charges included sexual assault, assault family violence, along with drug charges.
Prior to Tuesday’s escape, Archie had been in the Walker County jail on a $750,000 bond.
As a result of the jail break, Sam Houston State University notified students and staff through the Kat Safe alert system.
According to the university’s Facebook page, the escape has not affected their operation