Sheriff: MMA fighter facing ‘pending murder charges’ escapes

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CONROE, Texas (KKTV/AP) - Authorities in Texas say an MMA fighter facing three “pending murder charges” has escaped from a private prisoner transport.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Sunday that Cedric Marks escaped about 40 miles north of Houston and is considered “extremely dangerous.”

The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately reply to a request for clarification about the nature of the pending murder charges, including who the victims were.

The transporters decided to stop for food in Conroe, a Houston suburb, and that's when Marks made his escape, Houston CBS affiliate KHOU reported.

Law enforcement could be seen sprinting down a highway access road and swarming a Conroe Walmart.

Residents in the area have been advised to stay indoors during the manhunt.

Marks was last seen in an orange jumpsuit but had apparently been discarding clothes as he fled; authorities found his shirt after he got away.

Marks is a former boxing trainer in Killeen, Texas, and has had numerous brushes with the law in multiple states.