Harris County probation officer Karla McKeown, 37, has been charged with two counts of hindering apprehension
A Texas probation officer developed a romantic relationship with a man at the substance abuse treatment facility where she worked, and then helped him and another inmate escape, investigators said.
Harris County probation officer Karla McKeown, 37, has now been charged with two counts of hindering apprehension after she allegedly harbored the fugitives in her home after their great escape last May.
The suspect she was said to be romantically involved with 26-year-old Raymundo Alzamora who still remains at large following the ordeal.
While working a second job at the Peden Community Corrections Facility, a court-mandated substance abuse treatment facility, McKeown got to know Alzamora, investigators said.
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McKeown is accused of harboring fugitives Raymundo Alzamora (left) and Joshua Parsons (right) in her home after they escaped from a court-mandated substance abuse treatment facility where she worked. She was romantically involved with Alzamora, investigators said
He was one of the people sent to the facility by court who are ordered to undergo a 12-month resident drug treatment program, KPRC reported.
On May 4, four of the men undergoing treatment at the center managed to escape after one of them set off a fire alarm, according to court records.
After escaping, Alzamora allegedly called McKeown who met him and then drove him another escapee, 27-year-old Joshua Parsons, to her home in Spring.
On May 4, four of the men undergoing treatment at the center (pictured), including Alzamora and Parsons, escaped after one of them set off a fire alarm, according to court records
Four days later, warrant officers searching for Parsons swarmed McKeown's home after receiving a tip off, investigators said.
Parsons allegedly attempted to escape out the back door but was eventually captured and led out of the home by officers.
Neighbor Brandon Alsobrooks was home at the time and said he saw Parsons trying to escape before running back inside the home.
'The cops ran in the house and next thing I know they're bring(ing) this young man out,' Alsobrooks told KPRC.
After escaping, Alzamora allegedly called McKeown who met him and then drove him another escapee, 27-year-old Joshua Parsons, to her home in Spring (pictured)
Officers were not aware that Alzamora was also inside the home at the time, who they say was possibly hiding in a closet inside the home, officials said.
They only learned he was also there months later when Parsons started cooperating with police, investigators said.
Alzamora is charged with unauthorized absence from a correctional facility and aggravated assault.
McKeown, who started with with the county in August 2014, was allowed to retire from the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department last July, according to KPRC.