After escaping custody on Monday, June 26, Christopher Hunt was apprehended by U.S. Marshalls in Lexington Kentucky on July 5.

After escaping custody on Monday, June 26, Christopher Hunt was apprehended by U.S. Marshalls in Lexington Kentucky on July 5.

Christopher Hunt previously escaped custody after being transported in a Texas County prisoner transport van. Hunt overpowered the driver and stole the vehicle. MSHP officers reportedly found the van later abandoned along Phelps County Road 6300.

Hunt has a violent history and was considered dangerous with a history of assaulting police officers.

The Texas County Sheriff department released a statement saying Hunt’s escape from custody was preventable, and was “a result of many hours of work by the Texas County Sheriff office and the U.S. Marshall service. The statement also said the office has taken steps to “correct the wrongs that occurred on June 26 that led to Hunt’s escape.

The Texas County Sheriff department also expressed their gratitude to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Phelps County Sheriff Office, Wright County Sheriff Office, Cabool Police Department, Salem Police Department, and the members of the public who called in tips and information about Hunt.

In addition to the previous charge of tampering with a motor vehicle, Hunt is now charged with the escape or attempted escape of custody with a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or by holding a hostage.