Dangerous fugitive returned to South Carolina after Cedar Park arrest


A dangerous fugitive who fled a South Carolina prison in a daring escape worthy of a Hollywood script was arrested at a motel in Cedar Park last week by members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said Jimmy Causey, 46, who was serving a life sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery, waived extradition and was returned to South Carolina Wednesday just days after his arrest by the task force at a Motel 6 in Cedar Park.

Noting that Causey has a history of prison escapes, Sheriff Chody said officers kept a firm grip on the fugitive while he was being held in the Williamson County Jail.  

"It was two days of tight security, our corrections officers and SWAT did a great job keeping the security tight,” he said. “We owe that to our community."

After Causey was turned over to the U.S. Marshal's Service and placed on a plane for South Carolina, Chody had a message for other fugitives on the run: "Find another county to hide in because justice in Williamson County will find you and return you to face your consequences”

Causey's escape from South Carolina was something right out of a movie and featured a smuggled cell phone, wire cutters dropped into the prison yard by a drone, a dummy fashioned to fool guards and holes cut through four fences. It was Causey's second escape from prison since he was first sentenced 12 years ago for holding an attorney and his family an gunpoint in their South Carolina home.

When Causey was arrested in the Cedar Park motel at 3 a.m. by the task force, including members of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Marshal's Service and local law enforcement officers, he was in possession of a pistol, a shotgun and $50,000 cash, authorities said.