‘Extremely dangerous’ ex-MMA fighter accused of multiple murders escapes from prisoner transport van: Cops

Authorities in Texas say a man facing criminal charges related to two homicides has been recaptured after he escaped custody early Sunday.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Cedric Marks is the ex-boyfriend of a woman whose remains were found along with those of her male friend inside of a fire pit in Oklahoma. After his arrest on charges related to those murders, he was named a s possible person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of another woman.

Marks was able to escape from officers who had been transporting him since late last month, as reported by KWTX.

Conroe police said two active murder warrants have been secured against Marks. Two guards from a private security company were with at total of 10 prisoners at the time of the escape.

The transport van stopped for food and one guard exited when Marks made his move.

A statement from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office indicated the escaped inmate had no shirt on at the time of his escape and was wearing an orange jumpsuit with prison restraints. That Facebook post described Marks as “extremely dangerous” and indicated that he had three pending murder charges.

Marks has been identified as a former mixed martial arts fighter known as “Spiderman” prior to his 2017 retirement from the sport to begin a teaching career.

The escape occurred at about 7:20 a.m., a subsequent statement from the sheriff’s office confirmed.

“Marks was in transport from Grand Rapids Michigan after being captured by the US Marshal’s for a warrant for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony,” the statement continued. “Texas Prisoner Transport Services was en route to Bell County, Tx. at the time of their stop. Marks also has warrants for the murders of Michael Swearingen, 32, and Jenna Scott, 28, in an investigation that began in Temple, Texas in January of 2019.”

An update later in the day confirmed that he was once again in police custody.

“After an exhausting 9 hour manhunt involving multiple Montgomery County, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies- Cedric Joseph Marks has been captured,” the sheriff’s office added.

[Featured image: Cedric Joseph Marks, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office]