Henderson County mounted patrol locates Hopkins County escapee in pasture

Barney Dwayne Ebey

An escapee from the Hopkins County jail was found in Henderson County on Tuesday. 

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse led a multi-jurisdictional search for Barney Dwayne Ebey, 53, on Tuesday.

An investigation led law enforcement officials to a residence near Farm-to-Market Road 2709.

Ebey was located by a Texas Department of Criminal Justice canine unit and Henderson County horse-mounted deputies in a pasture on Tuesday afternoon adjacent to U.S. Highway 175 near Eustace. 

An accomplice helped the inmate escape during a work detail. The accomplice, who was also a jail inmate, was found in Emory on Tuesday morning. 

Ebey was arraigned by a Henderson County Justice of the Peace and returned to the Hopkins County jail. 

The Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshal's Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, East Texas Auto Theft Task Force, Henderson County officials and the Hopkins County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation. 

Ebey was arrested on March 23 on two counts of theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000 and for engaging in organized criminal activity. He was held on a $25,000 bond, according to Hopkins County judicial records. 

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I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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