A wanted mixed martial arts fighter, who escaped from a prisoner’s transport van, was arrested by the authorities in Texas on Sunday.
Cedrick Joseph Marks, also known by his fight name ‘Spider Man’, was captured after a nine-hour manhunt, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Spencer.
“After an exhausting 9 hour manhunt involving multiple Montgomery County, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies- Cedric Joseph Marks has been captured,” authorities said.
“Conroe Police located him still within the city and the community can relax as he is now safely in custody.”
Lt. Dorcy McGinnis of the Conroe Police Department explained that after the van stopped at a McDonalds north of Houston, Marks was “able to lose custody”. He went missing at 7:20 am local time.
44-year-old Marks, who is a professional mixed martial arts fighter since 1999, has been called as “extremely dangerous” by the authorities.
Marks was captured in Grand Rapids, Michigan by US Marshals last month over burglary charges. He was being handed over to Bell County, Texas, when he ran away, McGinnis said.
He also has a warrant issued for the murders of Micheal Swearingen, 32 and Jenna Scott, 28 of Temple, Texas.
Swearingen’s and Scott’s bodies were found in Clearview, Oklahoma, 11 days after they went missing on January 4.
Allegedly, Scott was Mark’s ex-girlfriend – as described in Mark’s court papers. On August 21, Mark broke into Scott’s home in Temple and asked her to drop assault charges against him, as written in the documents.
“Your entire family and all of your friends will need witness protection if you call the police,” he said to her, the documents say.
The van that was being operated by a private company, Texas Prisoner Transport Services, had two employees and nine other prisoners on the journey, when Mark ran away from the van. It is still unclear how the mixed martial arts fighter broke out of the prison van.