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Jail escapee caught in north Harris County

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 8:19 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013

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  • Authorities captured Britt Chadvurn Privatte in woods near Spring early Thursday morning.

    Authorities captured Britt Chadvurn Privatte in woods near Spring early Thursday morning.

 

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A suspected bank robber who escaped from the Montgomery County jail more than a week ago was captured Thursday in some woods in north Harris County, officials said.

Britt Chadvurn Privatte, 40, was spotted about 12:15 a.m. walking away from a motel along Interstate 45 near Cypress­wood, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

When he saw authorities converging on him, he ran into a nearby wooded area, deputies said.

Subdued by police dog

Harris County sheriff's deputies searched the woods with dogs. As deputies and officers from other agencies swarmed the area, Privatte jumped from a tree where he was hiding. A police dog subdued him.

He was treated for a dog bite at a local hospital and then returned to the Montgomery County jail.

Deputies said 11 other inmates at the jail have been charged with hindering apprehension in connection with Privatte's escape on March 17. Also, one Cleveland resident, whose name has not been released, has been charged with tampering with evidence. Investigators expect more charges, including facilitating escape, could be filed against other individuals in connection with the escape.

Multiple charges

Privatte was being held in connection with a Kingwood-area bank robbery. He also was being held on charges from Houston as well as Walker, Fort Bend and Harris counties, largely in connection to burglaries and aggravated robberies. His bail totaled $172,000.

Investigators said they believe Privatte escaped from the Montgomery County jail by climbing over a wall inside the recreation yard and breaking through the upper fencing to the roof.