Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 28, 2013

Prisoner escapee caught near Santo


Mineral Wells Index

— PALO PINTO — A prisoner who fled from a van transporting him to Florida has been apprehended about 90 miles from the North Texas town where he escaped.

Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer says Michael Rimmer was found by deputies Sunday morning at a convenience store near Santo. He was taken to the Palo Pinto County Jail without incident.

A detention officer said Rimmer was being held without bond.

Rimmer escaped in Olney about 1 a.m. Saturday when the van in which he and other prisoners were traveling stopped at a convenience store.

The prisoners were being transported by a private company.

Olney Police Chief Barry Roberts says Rimmer has a criminal history that includes assaulting a police officer and drug dealing.

Olney is about 100 miles northwest of Fort Worth.