young Extremely Violent Fugitive Arrested In Austin

Michael Elbert Young, 42, was added to the state's most wanted list on April 10, 2012. He was captured a week later. (Credit: Texas DPS)

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – A “sexually-violent” fugitive who was added last week to the state’s most wanted list was arrested Tuesday after robbing and choking a woman, a DPS spokesman said.

Michael Elbert Young, 42, was arrested in Austin early Tuesday morning while stealing jewelry from a woman and attempting to choke her, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said.

Young scaled a barbed wire fence at a Houston halfway home on April 6 and hadn’t been seen since. When he was arrested, Vinger said he gave a different name to police.

“He is considered a sexually violent predator and was also considered a high-risk to reoffend,” Vinger said. “It turns out he was assaulting a woman, allegedly, when he was arrested by Austin Police.”

Young’s true identity was discovered a short time after being apprehended. He faces escape charges in Harris County in addition to what charges come from the Austin incident.

According to state records, Young has been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; assault causing bodily injury; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; unlawful carrying of a weapon in prohibited places; tampering with identification numbers; failure to identify as a fugitive from justice; and for possession of marijuana.

He had served his sentence and was transitioning back to civilian life at the halfway house when he escaped, Vinger said.