After being on the run for nearly 16 years, Texas prison escapee Jose Juan Salaz is back on Texas soil. US Marshals escorted Salaz from Mexico and landed Thursday afternoon at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Authorities on both sides of the border have sought the 38-year old Salaz since he bolted from the Garza East Unit in Beeville, Texas. Salaz was captured last January by authorities in Mexico. The escapee, who is an American citizen, is now booked into the Harris County Jail and will later be transferred back into TDCJ custody.
Salaz made good his escape on March 22, 1997, at approximately 9:40 pm, by climbing over three 16-foot razor wire topped security fences. An extensive search was conducted by numerous law enforcement agencies, but Salaz eluded capture and ultimately fled to Mexico.
He was serving three concurrent 35 year sentences for two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon.