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Local Resident Has Run-In with Escaped Inmate

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

As you can imagine, after an inmate escaped from the Nueces County Jail on Saturday, folks living in the area were a little nervous while he was on the run.

One woman, Elizabeth Eley, said 30-year old Joe Hernandez dashed right through her yard. She was sitting on her porch Saturday night, relaxing, when she noticed someone running away from the courthouse.

"I see this guy run across the parking lot," Eley said. "I hear him jump two chain link fences, so that means he was in my side yard."

Eley immediately ran downstairs to see what was going on. As soon as she did, she saw police flooding her street.

Eley told police where Hernandez had run off to, and the K-9 unit began searching for the inmate.

"Once the K-9 was there, and began to make some noise, he didn't want any part of the canine so he decided to crawl out from underneath the house," said Lt. Donald Moore of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "With his history of evading, and resisting history, I don't have much doubt that he would have tried to fight the officers had the K-9 not been there."

Eley is relieved that they found the man, and she said the situation served as a reminder to always be prepared.

"It's kind of nerve-racking, but I have training, my husband has training," Eley said. "We are both in the military. I think we are more prepared to handle situations like that."

Hernandez was found hiding out about 200 feet from Eley's front door.