East Texas jail escapee apprehended at state border

Posted at 8:22 PM, Aug 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-31 15:24:40-04


A manhunt for an East Texas fugitive who escaped from jail Monday evening came to an end Wednesday morning after being caught in a Louisiana parish.

Charles Spraberry, 42, used a handmade knife and assaulted a correctional officer before fleeing from Cass County. Spraberry reached Caddo Parish in Louisiana before being apprehended by local deputies after a short chase, officials said.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office tracked Spraberry to Caddo Parish and alerted local deputies Wednesday morning that the suspect was in their jurisdiction.

High-speed chase and arrest of 42-year-old Charles Spraberry and 37-year-old Shea Smith

Caddo deputies chased Spraberry on LA 169 outside of Shreveport, Louisiana around 8 a.m. Another passenger in the vehicle, 37-year-old Shea Smith, was also arrested with Spraberry.

Both are currently booked in the Caddo Correctional Center.

Any additional charges are pending as the investigation continues, officials said.


A manhunt is underway in East Texas for an escaped inmate who used a handmade knife to assault a correctional officer and flee.

The active search is ongoing in Cass County for Charles Spraberry after he escaped from jail around 8 p.m. Monday night. Spraberry is the suspect in a double homicide where two bodies were found in a burned camper trailer, according to KLTV.

"Spraberry is considered armed and dangerous," said Ore City police. "Spraberry was in custody on charges of capital murder in the deaths of two persons."

The escapee is also accused of multiple felony charges including sexual assault, assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and kidnapping, according to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said anyone who has information on the escaped inmate's whereabouts should not approach him and should call 911 immediately.