AUSTIN – A high-risk sex-offender who escaped from an east Houston halfway house in early April has been arrested in Austin.
Michael Elbert Young, 42, climbed over a barbed-wire-topped fence at the Southeast Texas Transitional Center on Beaumont Highway and cut off his ankle monitor on April 5, 2012.
The Texas DPS quickly added Young to their most-wanted fugitives list, and on April 17, he was arrested in Austin.
Police arrested Young after he allegedly choked a woman and stole her ring and other items during a robbery.
He initially gave a fictitious name at the scene, police said, but his true identity was discovered a short time later.
In addition to any charges in Austin, Young also faces a third-degree felony charge of failure to comply with civil commitment requirements in connection with his escape in Harris County.
Young was considered violent and extremely dangerous because of his extensive criminal history.
He previously served eight years in prison for aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the Texas DPS website, Young approached a woman on a Houston street in April of 1987, put a knife to her throat and tried to force her into an abandoned building. That woman got away.
But then, four months later, investigators said Young followed a woman off of a bus, put a knife to her throat, and threatened to kill her if she made any noise. Fortunately for the victim, a police officer happened to pass by, and Young was arrested.
Then, in February of 1992, DPS investigators said Young approached a 15-year-old girl, displayed a weapon and raped her in an empty gas station. The following month, the Texas DPS said Young attacked an acquaintance at her apartment, breaking a mirror and using one of the shards to cut her back.
A $7,500 reward was offered for info leading to Young’s arrest, but since there was no tip, that money will not be paid.
However, there is still reward money available for the other fugitives on the Texas DPS’ most-wanted list. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477.