|Texas fugitive in custody after release from hospital |
|Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 8:56 pm |
A Texas man sought by federal agents has been taken into custody after being released Sunday from Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin.
Marcus Dwayne “Mark” Thompson
Marcus Dwayne “Mark” Thompson, 44, faces a number of charges after leading U.S. Marshals and officers from the Martin Police Department on a vehicle pursuit through Martin nearly two weeks ago.
Thompson was sought by Texas authorities after he allegedly absconded from Ellis County, Texas.
He was convicted in 2002 in Texas for a third-degree charge of indecent contact with a child. He was sentenced to two years in prison and placed on the sex offender registry for life.
Thompson allegedly absconded from Texas in May 2011. U.S. Marshals had received information from Texas linking Thompson to Martin. He was reportedly spotted driving east in a gold sport-utility vehicle on University Street in Martin March 22.
Marshals attempted to stop Thompson when he allegedly made a sharp turn onto Skyhawk Parkway and struck a bystander’s vehicle at the intersection.
According to an affidavit of complaint, Thompson’s vehicle became lodged during the accident. He is accused of attempting to flee and swerving his vehicle in the direction of a federal agent. In response, agents reportedly fired shots at Thompson. Apparently undeterred by gunshot wounds, Thompson led officers on a vehicle pursuit which ended in the driveway of 124 Church St. in Martin.
He was treated by first responders at the scene and transported by ambulance to the Martin hospital.
He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and later taken into custody by Martin police.
Thompson faces charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment, violation of sex offender registry, fugitive from justice, reckless driving and driving on a expired driver’s license.
He is being housed in the Weakley County Detention Center.
Thompson resided at 303 Olive St. in Martin. Authorities reported they do not know how long Thompson had resided in Martin.
Published in The Messenger 4.3.12