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Jail escapee back in custody in Livingston
Polk County Enterprise
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Acting on information gathered during the 14-day manhunt for county jail escapee Daniel Lee Falls, 28, was captured in LaPorte Monday. Polk County sheriff’s deputies working with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, Texas Ranger Ron Duff and the Polk County Pct. 2 Constable’s Office and the LaPorte Police Department arrested Falls at a residence in LaPorte. After being given a magistrate’s warning in Harris County, Falls was returned to the Polk County jail shortly after 4 p.m. Monday. An additional felony escape charge has been added to the offenses that resulted in Falls’ detention prior to the escape shortly after midnight May 24. The investigation into Falls escape is continuing and could result in felony charges of harboring a fugitive being filed against those who aided Falls over the past two weeks. Falls and another inmate were using a pressure washer to clean the kitchen area of the jail the night of May 23-24. The gas-powered equipment was sitting outside to prevent noxious exhaust from entering the jail and hoses were running through an exterior door. The guard was briefly distracted by another inmate and Falls ran through the door and fled to a residence at the end of Mimosa Street in Livingston. One of the occupants told investigators she knew Falls and was surprised when he knocked on her door. When she opened the door, he rushed in wearing shorts, a T-shirt and cowboy boots. He changed into other clothing he had with him and athletic shoes, took a cell phone and left the house. Despite a massive search, Falls was not spotted again until his capture Monday.