Austin police arrest Texas state hospital escapee


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who escaped from North Texas State Hospital is in custody after a two-week manhunt.

The Vernon Police Department said the Austin Police Department made the arrest around 6:30 p.m. Sunday of 29-year-old Alexander Scott Ervin, according to a social media post.

Ervin escaped from North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, near the Oklahoma border, on June 26. Staff said hospital security video showed Ervin leaving his room and scaling an eight-foot security fence before fleeing.

Ervin was acquitted of insanity in the 2013 stabbing of his father at his west Austin home. In 2014, a Travis County jury found Ervin, who has autism, not guilty of insanity murder in the death of Ray Scott Ervin. When Austin police arrived at the house near Camp Mabry, officers found Ray covered in blood. Ervin’s younger brother, Max, told the court that his brother thought their father was an “impostor, and he’s a trained assassin”.

Max said his brother attacked their father with a pipe wrench in one hand and a knife in the other.

KXAN has contacted the Austin Police Department for more information on the arrest.

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