Texas inmate facing additional charges after attempting to escape through jail ceiling

Two deputies suffered minor injuries while chasing the inmate into the ceiling


Caleb Downs
San Antonio Express-News

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas — A 24-year-old inmate is facing additional charges after he allegedly attempted to escape his jail cell by climbing into the ceiling, according to Bexar County officials.

Mathew Fields was initially booked into jail Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass. He now faces additional charges of escape and criminal mischief. He faces an additional charge of assault on a public servant for a separate incident in which he bit a Bexar County deputy.

According to the sheriff's office, Fields climbed through the ceiling of his jail cell and worked his way into a stairwell. He ran from the basement floor up to the 7th floor infirmary, where he was TASERed and rearrested.

Johnny Garcia, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said two deputies suffered minor injuries while chasing Fields into the ceiling. Fields also opened a sprinkler valve while running through the stairwell, causing flooding in some parts of the basement.

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