On March 24 at approximately 6:18 PM, The Conroe Police Department was dispatched to the Montgomery County Mental Health Treatment Facility, located at 700 Hilbig Road in Conroe, for the report of an escapee. Police Officials say the secure facility, which houses inmates charged in criminal offenses, is privately managed. Inmates at this facility are temporarily held while awaiting a mental health evaluation by a company known as Wellpath (WellpathCare.com).
On this date, 21-year-old Royce Ikenna Amaonwu was able to elude facility staff and escape their custody, according to Officials. Conroe Police arrived on scene and learned that Amaonwu was being held on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge out of Denton County, Texas. A perimeter was immediately set and Officers began searching for the suspect. The Texas Department of Public Safety was contacted and responded with their helicopter to aid in the search. Surrounding agencies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Precinct 2 Constables Office, assisted with the search. At about 8:55 PM the suspect was located at a convenience store near FM 1484 and Willis Waukengan Road. The Sheriff’s Office had responded to an unrelated call, and the Deputy was able to recognize the suspect from the BOLO (Be On the Lookout) sent out earlier from Conroe Police. Amaonwu was taken into custody without incident. Conroe Police then took custody of the suspect and transported him to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked for an escape charge, a 3rd-degree felony. A TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) K-9 team was also en route to the scene when the suspect was taken back into custody. The escape incident is being investigated by the Conroe Police Department.