Murder suspect tried escaping jail in recycling bin, police say

AUSTIN - The man charged in the December stabbing death of his stepmother tried to escape from the Travis County Jail by hiding in a recycling bin, police say.

According to court documents, Pontrey O’Neal Jones, 20, was seen on surveillance cameras April 3 evading a jail officer and nurse and fleeing through the jail. Police said after making it through two security slider doors, Jones climbed into a 48-gallon recycling bin. The affidavit states Jones remained in the bin until he was found by an officer approximately 10 minutes later.

After he was escorted back to his cell, the affidavit states Jones told police and a jail counselor “I was hoping to be wheeled outside” and “I wanted to escape.”

Police charged Jones with escape from custody, a third-degree felony. He has been in the Travis County Jail since Dec. 19 in connection to the murder of Magdalena Ruiz, 35, at a South Congress apartment complex. Online jail records state his combined bond is now set at $540,000.

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