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US Marshals searching for fugitive who escaped Austin State Hospital

Jason Edward Jones, 35, was in custody in the Travis County Jail last year for a motion to revoke his probation on an assault charge. While he was there, Jones smuggled a weapon into the jail. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

Jason Edward Jones, 35, was in custody in the Travis County Jail last year for a motion to revoke his probation on an assault charge. While he was there, Jones smuggled a weapon into the jail.

"This individual apparently had smuggled in some type of sharp edged weapon in his rectum and used that to his advantage when he got to his cell," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.

After using that weapon against officers, Jones was transferred to the Austin State Hospital for a mental evaluation, but on April 2nd, 2018 he once again became violent with officers.

"He finds three fence posts, and takes those three fence posts and uses them as a type of weapon toward officers and toward staff," said Filla.

Jones was able to escape the hospital and hasn't been seen since. His last known address is in Austin, but authorities believe he may have had help leaving the state.

"We believe that he may have gone elsewhere outside of the state of Texas and received some assistance," said Filla. "An individual who's been incarcerated for a short of amount of time and has that avenue of escape had to have a plan to get away."

Jones has a criminal history dating back to 2012, with five arrests and three convictions.

"We have assaults, we have burglary, we have assaults of public servants. Which he's pretty much done in this case as well," said Filla.

And U.S. Marshals believe he's still a danger the longer he's out on the streets.

"He's an individual that I would consider armed and dangerous whether he's inside a secured facility or on the outside," said Filla.

Jason Jones is 5'9 and weighs 140 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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