SAN ANTONIO, Texas — An escaped federal prison inmate has been captured in San Antonio, according to the U.S. Marshal's Service.
On Monday, members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) captured 44-year-old Fidel Lawrence Rodriguez at a San Antonio motel.
"Through continued investigative efforts and assistance from the San Antonio Police Department’s High Intensity Drug Traffic Areas (HIDTA) unit, task force officers located Rodriguez at a motel in the 100 block of Kenley Place in San Antonio," read a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service. "Rodriguez was arrested at the scene and in possession of a loaded firearm, cocaine and methamphetamine."
Rodriguez has been wanted by the United States Marshals Service for more than a month after he escaped from the Federal Correctional Institution in Three Rivers, Texas — which is located approximately 80 miles south of San Antonio. Rodriguez was discovered missing after an unannounced inmate count was conducted by the prison.
Rodriguez was serving at 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the charge of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He now faces additional charges related to his escape.
“I’m thankful that another arrest was made without any casualties,” stated U.S. Marshal Susan Pamerleau. “Our deputies and task force officers continue to face unforeseen dangers and put their lives on the line to serve justice, even during a time such as this.”
Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in San Antonio include the New Braunfels Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of the Inspector General, Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Office of Detention & Removal, and the U.S. Marshals Service.