UPDATED BREAKING NEWS!
Conroe, February 3 – This morning, at approximately 7:20 a.m., Conroe Police Dispatch received a call from Texas Prisoner Transport Services, advising of an escapee from their transport van. The escapee, Cedric Joseph Marks (DOB: 7-15-74, black male), was able to elude custody when the transport company stopped at McDonald’s at 801 N. Loop 336W. Marks escaped on foot in an eastern direction.
Marks was in transport from Grand Rapids, Michigan, after being captured by the U.S. Marshal’s Service for a warrant for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony. Texas Prisoner Transport Services was en route to Bell County, Texas, at the time of their stop. Marks also has warrants for the murders of Michael Swearingen, 32, and Jenna Scott, 28, in an investigation that began in Temple, Texas, in January of 2019.
The Conroe Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office worked in conjunction with multiple state and local agencies to apprehend the suspect. It took nine hours, but he is now in custody. They had air support, K9 tracking dogs from Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and multiple ground units searching the area.
The primary concern was for the safety of our community. Law enforcement agencies sent notifications to citizens through multiple sources including emergency notification systems, media and social media. They urged our citizens to allow law enforcement to conduct this investigation and not attempt to assist or search for Cedric Marks. He is dangerous.
The circumstances surrounding the escape are currently under investigation including interviews with the transport company and other inmates on the transport van.
This situation was very serious.