Manhunt Over, Lock Down Lifted in Ferris

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012  |  Updated 9:42 AM CDT
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Manhunt Over, Lock Down Lifted in Ferris

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A manhunt for an escaped prisoner is over and school lock downs have been lifted Tuesday morning in the Ellis County town of Ferris.

According to Ferris Chief of Police Sam Love, a handcuffed 24-year-old man who had been arrested for burglary and assault managed to escape from a patrol car at about 6:20 a.m.

The man, still handcuffed, fled on foot.

Love said the man, whose name has not yet been released, is a lifelong resident of Ferris and that officials were concerned the man may try to hide in a nearby school.  As a precaution, both Ferris High School and Ferris Junior High School were placed on lock down.

The man was apprehended at about 8:20 a.m. after a resident spotted the man hiding in the back yard.  Once back in custody, the lock downs were lifted.

The man was found only two blocks away from where he escaped nearly two hours before.

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