John Michael Enard served 30 years of a 75 year sentence for 3 counts of aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault.
Prison officials were so afraid he would re-offend they sought a civil commitment meaning he was ordered to undergo confined psychiatric treatment."They were concerned enough about him that they kept electronic surveillance on him even though he was in a secure facility," said Katherine Cabaniss with Crime Stoppers.
After spending just a month at the Southeast Texas Transitional Center, a 412 bed halfway house once called The Reid Center, law officers say Enard removed his ankle monitor and jumped over the fence. "So clearly he was thinking and planning and plotting what he was going to do," Cabaniss said.
In 2003 Fox 26 Investigates shot hidden camera video of people throwing things over the fence and jumping the fence. Once inside our hidden camera captures what appears to be open drug dealing and crack smoking. "I was in a halfway house in Houston Texas, The Reid Center. I couldn't take it anymore so I jumped the fence," Jesus Alvarez said in a video deposition.
In 2006 we told you what happened after Jesus Alvarez jumped the fence and fled the northeast side halfway house.
He ended up in Corpus Christi where he abducted Debra Slough, a complete stranger from a hospital parking garage."I shot her in the head," Alvarez said.
He's now serving 50 years for killing her. As for Enard, the latest fence jumper, he's one of two halfway house residents with the dubious distinction of being named as one of the state's 10 most wanted sex offenders.