Around noon today an inmate was being transferred from Angola State Penitentiary to a prison in Fort Worth, Texas when he escaped the transport van he was being carried in after Tarrant County Deputies stopped for a fast-food lunch along Pines Road, just off I-20.  As a Deputy was handing 46-year-old Patrick James Minoz his lunch inside the van, he pushed the Deputy out of his way and took off running.  Minoz was in handcuffs while in the van, but apparently used some sort of make-shift key to unlock them.

Minoz was on the run for about a half-hour before a swarm of Shreveport Police officers converged on the area around Pines Road, focusing their efforts in the wooded area behind Wal Mart.  While the search was in progress, Klug Pines Road was cordoned off from West 70th to Westport Avenue and no traffic was allowed through.  People in nearby homes were told by police to stay inside their homes. 

Minoz was caught and wresteled to the ground by Shreveport Police officers around 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Once SPD officers had Minoz securely in custody, Shreveport Fire Department EMS workers were called the the scene, near the entrance to Huntington Park Trailer Park, to administer first-aid to the captured escapee.

So it looks like Tarrant County won't get its prisinor quite yet, Minoz was taken to Caddo Correctional Center and booked with simple escape and resisting an officer by force.  He's expected to eventually be extradited back to north Texas, however.

710 KEEL has obtained these exclusive photos of the take-down spot:


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