Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Stiles unit offender on the run after scaling fence
Law enforcement officers are searching for a prisoner who escaped from the Mark Stiles Prison Unit by jumping over a fence Wednesday night.
Investigators believe David R. Puckett, 27, escaped at about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
He is serving a 30 year sentence out of Lavaca County for Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant, according to public records.
Authorities say Puckett was wearing prison whites and they believe he might have gotten into a white Chevrolet pickup truck with a silver toolbox and headed north on Cardinal Drive.
State troopers, Jefferson County Sheriff's officers, Beaumont Police and officers with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are searching for Puckett and stopping vehicles in the area near Cardinal Drive and West Port Arthur Road. They're also using K-9's.Officers say Puckett is about 5'5" and weighs about 150 pounds. He has red hair and brown eyes.
According to the TDCJ, Puckett was last seen in a recreation yard at about 6:45 p.m.
Officers found material from an offender uniform and socks on a nearby perimeter fence.
Puckett received a cut to his left arm while jumping over the fence. Officers urge the public not to pick up any hitchhikers in the area near the escape. According to public records, Puckett was arrested in June of 2001 for assaulting a public servant. He pleaded guilty in December of 2001 and received a 30 year sentence.
Puckett was received by TDCJ on Feb. 11, 2002. According to reports from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal , Puckett was a teenage runaway from Wisconsin who fled to Texas in 2001. According to the reports, he was stopped for not paying for gasoline at a service station in Lavaca County and stabbed an officer in the neck during a struggle following a chase in June, 2001. He was jailed in Halletsville on a charge of attempted capital murder. Anyone who believes they have seen Puckett should call their local law enforcement authorities, or the TDCJ Office of Inspector General.