Dallas Deputies Capture Escaped Inmate


Tyler Charles Payne | Image by Dallas County Sheriffs Office

An escaped inmate is in the hospital in stable condition following a pursuit and crash on Interstate 35 on Monday afternoon.

Dallas County deputies were notified on January 9 that a Department of Public Safety helicopter was following a stolen Porsche in Dallas County and that the driver was considered armed and dangerous.

The driver of the vehicle had allegedly committed aggravated robbery — stealing a Cadillac SUV at gunpoint from a woman in Frisco — before stealing the Porsche in Dallas.

As the deputies pursued the driver on southbound I-35, he lost control of the Porsche and crashed into another vehicle near 8th Street.

The suspect, later allegedly identified as 31-year-old Tyler Charles Payne, then approached a Pontiac and attempted a second aggravated robbery. Deputies caught up to Payne and were able to detain him after a brief struggle, according to the press release.

Following his arrest, Payne was transported to the hospital in police custody.

He was charged with aggravated robbery and failure to identify as a fugitive with the intent to give false information.

After his arrest, the deputies learned that Payne was a two-time county jail escapee.

“He escaped originally from Choctaw, Oklahoma, and then he was picked up in Mississippi, and then he escaped from Mississippi, and then he was stopped down here,” Doug Sisk, media spokesman for the Dallas County sheriff’s office, told The Dallas Express.

In December, a Hinds County judge had deemed Payne a flight risk.

Judge Johnnie McDaniels denied Payne’s bond, writing on the bond that he had “warrants in Texas” and posed a flight risk.

Payne faces charges in Hinds County as well as charges in Dallas County, including those related to business burglary, auto theft, and escape.

Payne’s alleged automotive thefts are part of a growing trend in Dallas. Last year, 13,427 motor vehicle thefts were reported in the city.

In the first 10 days of this year, 301 motor vehicle thefts have been reported, according to the Dallas Crime Analytics Dashboard.

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