The break in the search for suspected murder and jail escapee Daniel Campbell came when he stopped at a home for water.
Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said he was working at the command post inside the justice center –– where more than 30 law enforcement vehicles, including K-9 units, met that morning –– at 10 a.m. Tuesday when he received credible information.
“We got a call from an individual up here near Roby that knew (Campbell), and said he showed up at the home and asked for a glass of water,” Sigman said. “He gave him a glass of water and fixed him a sandwich, then called our office and told us he was just at the house.”
Sigman, who said the helicopter, K-9 units and other officers were combing the Raymondville area near where the truck was stolen, and another officer sped toward the Highway 17 residence. Campbell was still there.
“I walked up there and started talking to the homeowner,” Sigman said. “I’m looking out toward a building and see (Campbell) appear.”
Sigman said Campbell was arrested around 10:10 a.m. and taken back to the jail. He was wearing blue coveralls and shoes. As he was placed in shackles there, Campbell told officers he planned to head to Montana but that he “just wasn’t fast enough” and “getting too old.”
The stolen pickup was recovered a few miles away behind Union Free Will Baptist Church on Highway M. The unloaded rifle was inside. Ironically, Campbell was hiding inside a different church –– Faith and Hope Church of Licking, where his mother pastors –– when he was arrested Oct. 28.