WAXAHACHIE — After a little more than one week on the run, an 18-year-old Waxahachie resident that escaped from police custody was captured by the U.S. Marshals.
According to a release from the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was dispatched Wednesday, March 29 to the Ellis County Adult Probation office in Waxahachie to take Austin Nickolaus Mirza into custody on a probation violation. As the deputy was walking the handcuffed teenager to a patrol car, Mirza fled on foot. Mirza then ran to a waiting vehicle driven by an unknown subject.
Both Mirza and driver then fled the scene.
A second release issued by the ECSO states Mirza was captured Wednesday, April 5 following a pursuit.
"A preliminary report from the Marshals indicates that Mirza was in a vehicle by himself when spotted. Mirza fled in his vehicle, with the Marshals in pursuit," the ECSO release states. "The pursuit ended when Mirza wrecked his vehicle. His condition and other details of the capture are not available from the Marshals for release at this time."
Records for the Wayne McCollum Detention Center previously published by the Daily Light show Mirza was arrested Jan. 18 in Ellis County for assault causing bodily injury of a family or household member, driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s license and a failure to maintain responsibility.
According to a case filed in Dallas County, Mirza was arrested in Irving for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of prohibited weapon on Nov. 15, 2016.
The original article posted to the Daily Light Facebook page that detailed Mirza's March 29 escape has over 1,800 shares and 129 comments. It has also reached over 159,000 Facebook users.
One of those comments came from Kelly Pena, who identified herself as the older sister of Mirza.
"I understand this act is in no shape way or form right and people should be aware. But keep in mind, for those of you making threats to shoot and kill my brother, that he's still a kid and has a family that is worried and loves him regardless of his actions," Pena stated. "Instead of threatening to shoot my brother would you please pray for him instead. He's been in trouble for quite some time and, no he doesn't make the best choices or hangs around the best crowd, but he doesn't deserve to die. He's been trying to reach out and start going to church again — which I promised to take him this Sunday. I pray for him every day, and all I ask is for the same gratitude and respect from the people of Ellis County.
"It breaks my heart to see this article, but it puts tears in my eyes to know people are making threats to kill him on sight in these comments. Coming from his big sister who has been trying to guide him on the right path and let God heal what I can't. Understand he ran away probably because he's scared to face the consequences and making threats like these aren't going to solve anything. If you have a heart, please understand where I am coming from, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you."
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith