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Trinity police capture jail escapee
Trinity Standard - June 2008
TRINITY – A 25-year-old sex offender who walked away from the Angelina County Jail May 30 was captured Sunday, June 1, in Trinity by local police.
Jeffrey Keith McMullen of Lufkin, who also is known as Jeffrey Fredregill, was on a work detail trimming weeds behind the jail when he walked away on Friday morning.
By Friday night, a multi-agency manhunt was underway and authorities had received a tip that McMullen had been spotted on Highway 103, according to a report that appeared in the Lufkin Daily News.
On Sunday, Acting Police Chief Chris Molandes of the Trinity Police Department spotted the fugitive sitting on the back porch of a mobile home on Parker Street and arrested him without incident.
He was back in the Angelina County Jail by 10 p.m. Sunday.
Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson told the Lufkin Daily News that several law enforcement agencies assisted in the manhunt, which was focused on Trinity County, where McMullen’s mother resides, and on Houston County, where his father lives.
Henson said the fugitive never went to either of his parents’ homes.
Henson said the prisoner told investigators that he got a ride to Trinity from a friend who was unaware of his jail sentence.
McMullen was serving a 15-month sentence for a 2005 evading arrest conviction and has a juvenile record for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. He was sentenced to three years on the sex conviction in 1997.
The sheriff said that as a registered sex offender, McMullen should not have been classified as a low-risk prisoner and assigned to a work detail.
He said records showing McMullen’s sexual assault had been adjudicated were probably mistaken for a probated or dismissed sentence.
Henson added the department is now in the process of changing its procedures in classifying risk levels of jail inmates.
At the time of his escape, McMullen had been in jail four months and was about to be transferred to a state jail to complete his 15-month sentence.
He now faced third-degree felony charges of escape, which could add up to 10 years to his prison sentence.