Jamie Arredondo, the Brown County man sentenced in absentia to 60 years in prison last week after he left the courthouse mid-trial and did not return, was taken into custody Thursday morning.
Sheriff’s officials received a tip Thursday morning that Arredondo, 41 — who was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver — was in a relative’s home in north Brownwood, Police Chief Terry Nichols said.
Deputies and police officers went to the home around 9:30 a.m., found Arredondo sleeping in a bed and took him into custody without incident, Nichols said.
“The residents there cooperated with us fully, the door was open and they said ‘go in, he’s in there asleep.’ We went in and there he was, fast asleep,” Nichols said.
“He woke up, numerous offices surrounding him. It was probably a rude awakening. He was startled. It was very uneventful. It was like ‘hey. Get your hands up. Get your hands out.’ We put him him in handcuffs.”
Arredondo was free on bond as he stood trial last week. The state and defense had rested their cases Wednesday when Arredondo left the courthouse.
“We are looking into the possibility of some hindering charges against some family members,” Sheriff Vance Hill said. “A couple of my investigators are working on that right now.”
Arredondo was arrested Dec. 26, 2016 following a traffic stop by a Brownwood police officer who seized just over 6 grams of methamphetamine, according to testimony at Arredondo’s trial.
Prosecutor Elisha Bird presented evidence of Arredondo’s criminal past and asked jurors to consider a sentence of 40 or more years.