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Inmate who escaped from Houston courthouse amid brawl in nearby courtroom captured

An inmate who escaped from a Texas courthouse after a brawl erupted in a courtroom is back in custody, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

Michael Devon Combs, 32, freed himself from leg irons before fleeing from the 176th courtroom around 10 a.m. Tuesday, HCSO said. He was apprehended again Thursday morning. 

Mark Lipkin, Combs’ attorney, said he was in the holding area with Combs and had spoken with him just before his escape.

“I had my back to him when everything happened. I mean, if I were just able to give him some advice, I would have told him it’s not smart to do that. Don’t do it,” Lipkin told The Associated Press.

“So, once they hit the panic button, then the deputies left out to go assist and he was sitting there. Somehow, in some kind of way, he got out of the shackles and walked out of the courtroom, got on the elevator, and walked out of the building. Once he got out of the building, he took off his ankle monitor,” HCSO Major Lynette Anderson said of Combs to local TV station KPRC.

A task force was mobilized to locate and apprehend Combs, who will now face an additional felony escape charge, FOX 26 Houston reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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