The 44-year-old fighter allegedly escaped from a prison transport van, leading authorities on a 9-hour manhunt

By Steve Helling
February 04, 2019 04:20 PM
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In July 2018, 28-year-old Jenna Scott requested a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, MMA fighter Cedric Joseph Marks.

In the court papers first uncovered by the Houston Chronicle, she described Marks as a “pathological liar,” “master manipulator” and a “psychopath.” She claimed that he bragged about killing animals when he was a child — and alleged that he had choked her at least twice.

“Every time I try to break up with him, he threatens me,” Scott wrote in her application. “I have to stay away from him to stay safe and to protect the people I love.”

On Jan. 4, Scott vanished along with her friend, Michael Swearingin. Their bodies were found on Jan. 15 in a shallow grave in rural Oklahoma. Authorities issued a warrant for Marks’ arrest.

After Scott’s body was found, police in Bloomington, Minnesota, announced that they were reopening the missing persons case of another one of Marks’ former girlfriends, April Pease. Pease hasn’t been seen since 2009, when she was embroiled in a custody dispute with Marks. Police say that he is a person of interest in the case.

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An Alleged Escape

Marks was arrested in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last week. He was being transported to Bell County in Texas for arraignment, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday morning around 7:15 a.m., he allegedly escaped while the van was at a McDonald’s in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston.

Marks, who was wearing an orange jumpsuit and restraints, was at large for nine hours. Authorities from 17 different agencies deployed helicopters, tracking dogs and ground units to find him. Local residents received robocalls warning them to stay indoors. In press conferences, authorities described him as “extremely dangerous.”

On Sunday afternoon, K-9 units discovered Marks inside a 55-gallon trash can just two blocks away from where he had escaped.

Marks, 44, is a professional MMA fighter with the nickname of “Spiderman.” He recently fought in the Moore Extreme Fighting Championship in Arizona, according to the MMA site Tapology.

According to CBS News, Marks was also wanted in Texas for questioning in connection with a burglary with intent to commit another felony.

PEOPLE confirms that Marks is being held for questioning in Conroe, Texas. “At this time the circumstances surrounding Marks’ escape are still under investigation,” Conroe Police Department Chief Jeff Christy said in a press conference. “Once the investigation is complete the finding will be presented to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.”

Marks is expected to be formally charged upon arrival in Bell County. Police records do not list an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf.

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