Escaped inmate recaptured quickly

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas – An inmate who escaped custody Thursday afternoon was quickly apprehended by Nacogdoches County law enforcement officers in Pecan Park. Thaddeus Donnell Richardson Jr., 26, of Houston, has been in custody at the Nacogdoches County Jail since Oct. 28, 2022 on numerous felony charges, including evading arrest, burglary and robbery. On Thursday, Richardson was taken to a medical appointment at a local hospital, and was escorted by
both a patrol deputy and correctional officer. During his appointment, Richardson bolted for a hospital exit. A brief struggled ensued with the deputy, but Richardson was able to break away and escape custody. Both the deputy and jailer pursued him and notified dispatch of the escape at 4:53 pm. Richardson ran on foot toward Pecan Park, where another deputy sheriff spotted him. He fled into the woods on the south side of the park and crossed a creek, while the deputy pursued him. Richardson was apprehended again in a wooded area near Martinsville Street at 5:02 p.m., but refused
to walk out of the woods, and had to be carried out by law enforcement officers. Richardson was returned to the Nacogdoches County Jail and was charged with an additional third-degree felony for escape. This is Richardson’s second attempt to escape the custody of Nacogdoches County law enforcement officers. In October 2022, Richardson was arrested in Nacogdoches County, but escaped from a patrol unit. He then allegedly broke into a residence in Nacogdoches and stole a vehicle. He was pursued to Garrison where the vehicle was brought to a stop. Richards eluded officers again on foot in the city of Garrison for several hours and stole another vehicle. He was attempting to drive out of the Garrison city limits in the stolen vehicle when he was captured by law enforcement. Richardson has been housed at the
Nacogdoches County Jail since that time. Richardson is currently facing 17 charges, 13 of which are felonies. A search of Richardson’s cell after Thursday’s escape attempt uncovered a piece of paper with the word “Gone” on it. The escape remains under investigation, and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing all protocols to ensure that this does not occur again. Sheriff Jason Bridges would like to thank all the law enforcement agencies that quickly responded to the scene. The Nacogdoches Police Department, SFA Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety,
and our constables all responded quickly to the scene to form a perimeter surrounding the suspect, which aided the quick apprehension of the escaped inmate.