Subject of Kilgore manhunt found after escaping custody Monday night

Crime & Public Safety

KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – Kilgore police say that the subject of a manhunt was captured Tuesday around 8 p.m.

Kilgore PD say that 30-year-old James Collie Butler III was taken into custody without incident and “will be spending the night in the Kilgore Bulldog B&B, pending arraignment by the judge.”

A tip from a concerned citizen reportedly led to Butler’s capture.

The department said they pulled over Butler at Green Hills Dr. and Higginbotham Rd on Monday night. Butler has several warrants out for his arrest and records show he has been charged on three separate occasions for burglary.

Officers say that he was able to “slip his handcuffs to the front” and ran away. He is 5’10”, 175 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Kilgore PD asked the public to avoid the area of Creekside Trail, which is in Meadowbrook Park. The department believes that he “was on it at some point” and they are actively searching the area.

Just after 9 a.m., he was spotted off Willowsprings in the trail area. Police say he had slipped his cuffs to the front, so his hands were in front of him. They say he had a t-shirt covering his hands and cuffs.

Investigators searched the area with a K9 and drone, and Henderson PD assisted with a K9 search of the area.

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