Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates is remaining mum about the details surrounding Friday’s jail escape, citing the ongoing investigation from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
But what Coates will say is that Joshua Daniel managed to escape with help from his girlfriend, Tiffany Cehand.
The pair was arrested separately in Tarrant County where Daniel was found hiding in a dog house in someone’s backyard. Cehand was taken into custody in a parking lot not far from where Daniel was found.
Daniel was expected to be brought back to the Erath County Jail Monday while Cehand will remain in Tarrant County facing other charges.
Coates said he was in a supervisor’s meeting Friday afternoon when the jail called for a deputy.
A few seconds later it was announced that an inmate had escaped from the recreation area.
“We shotgunned out of the building and had it surrounded within 30 seconds,” Coates said. “Then I immediately contacted the Stephenville police, Texas Rangers and DPS.”
He said “good police work” led investigators to suspect that Daniel and Cehand were together. They soon had a description of the vehicle they were traveling in and a few hours later both were taken into custody.
Coates would not elaborate on how Daniel managed to escape, but said he would fully disclose what transpired when the report is complete.
For now Coates would only say that he continues to have complete faith in his jail staff.
“I am not concerned at all with the jail staff. They do a great job,” he said. “We had a very determined individual.”
Daniel was reportedly outside in the rec area when he managed to escape.
By law inmates are required to have one hour of sunlight per week, but Coates said the Erath County Jail gives inmates three hours per week outside.
The rec area is surrounded by walls and covered with a chainlink fence. There are two cameras that monitor the area when inmates are using it.
The Erath County Jail passed its inspection on Jan. 18 and no concerns were cited in the report.
Daniel has a long list of offenses dating back to 2009 when he was arrested for credit card abuse, theft, possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a coin operated machine.
In 2011 he was arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity and in 2016 he was again arrested for burglary of a habitation and violating his parole.
In June he went back to jail accused of tampering with physical evidence, possession and evading arrest.
Coates said Daniel had not caused the jail staff any trouble before his escape.