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Wednesday, 24 January, 2001, 11:58 GMT
Jail break timeline
As the escape attempt of seven inmates from a Texan prison finally comes to an end in a hotel in Colorado Springs, BBC News Online looks back at the biggest manhunt in Texan history.

13 December

Seven men escape from Connally maximum security prison in Kenedy, Texas. The escapees - who include convicted killers, a serial rapist and a child molester - steal more than a dozen firearms before leaving the prison compound. A huge manhunt is launched.

15 December

Escapees are thought to have stolen police scanners which allow them to monitor communications and evade the law.

24 December

Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot dead during a robbery on Christmas Eve in the Dallas suburb of Irving. Hawkins receives 11 gunshot wounds before being run over by a vehicle when he arrives at a sports store to investigate a raid.

A mini-arsenal of weapons and ammunition is stolen from the store, along with tens of thousands of dollars. All seven escapees are now wanted for the murder of the police officer.

4 January

There are unconfirmed sightings of the gang in four states, as well as a report that two of the fugitives were seen trying to open a bank account in San Marcos, near Austin, Texas.

Sightings reported in Texas manhunt

12 January

Jail warders are blamed for a series of mistakes leading to the successful break out. "The system has failed," says Gary Johnson, Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Warders blamed for Texas jailbreak

22 January

The gang are traced to a trailer park in Colorado, following a tip-off. Four of the gang are arrested, and a fifth, Larry Harper, a 37-year-old who had been imprisoned for aggravated sexual assualt, barricades himself into a mobile home before shooting himself in the chest.

The escapees had been lying low in the sparsely populated Woodland Park area, 50 miles south of Denver, disguised as members of a religious group. Two men remain at large.

Suicide as Texas convicts recaptured

23 January

The two remaining escapees, Patrick Murphy, a 39-year-old rapist, and Donald Newbury, an armed robber, are cornered in a Holiday Inn in Colorado Springs following a tip-off. Armed officers surround the hotel and negotiators talk to the escapees by telephone.

24 January

The two escapees give themselves up and are taken into custody.

Police capture Texas two

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