Murder warrants issued for escaped Texas MMA fighter

039;Extremely dangerous' MMA fighter accused of multiple murders escapes from jail transport van in Texas

A multi-agency police manhunt is underway for an escaped prisoner, Cedric Joseph Marks.

Houston's KHOU-11 today reported that the 44-year-old Marks, who has three pending murder charges against him, escaped from a prisoner transport this morning in Conroe, Texas, about an hour north of Houston.

Cedric Marks escaped from the private prison transport van during a stop for food at a McDonald's in Conroe, Texas, Police Lieutenant Dorcy McGinnis said during a news conference in the city, which is about 65 kilometres north of Houston.

Cedric Marks, a veteran of almost 60 MMA fights, is on the run with a manhunt underway for him in Texas.

The post from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is the first time law enforcement had tied him directly to the crime.

Police said Marks was with nine other prisoners and two guards in a van run by Texas Prisoner Transport Services, a private company.

The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff's office did not reveal which three murder charges Marks is facing.

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Marks may not be wearing a shirt, the sheriff's office said, adding that deputies found his shirt after he fled.

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

Scott and her close friend Michael Swearingin were last heard from on January 4.

Marks had been extradited from MI after he was accused of breaking into the Temple, Texas, home of Jenna Scott, his ex-girlfriend, according to KCEN.

Hartley said Marks' and Pease's son was placed into protective custody in 2009 and he doesn't know the son's current location.

Marks is also a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of April Pease, a Washington state woman who had a child with Marks.

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