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Charles Victor THOMPSON

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Argument - Revenge
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: April 30, 1998
Date of birth: June 13, 1970
Victims profile: His ex-girlfriend, Dennise Hayslip, 39, and her new boyfriend, Darren Keith Cain, 30
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Harris County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on May 5, 1999
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charles Victor Thompson (born 13 June 1970) is an American criminal. Sentenced to death for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her lover in 1998, Thompson made headlines in 2005 by escaping from Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas after a parole meeting using a forged ID badge, claiming to be with the Attorney General's office.

He was captured 3 days later outside a liquor store in Shreveport, Louisiana where he was using a pay phone while intoxicated. He was able to get food and clothing, he told investigators, posing as a Hurricane Katrina evacuee. He also got money from Good Samaritans in Shreveport.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Name TDCJ Number Date of Birth
Thompson, Charles Victor 999306 06/13/1970
Date Received Age (when Received) Education Level
05/05/1999 28 10
Date of Offense Age (at the Offense) County
04/30/1998 27 Harris
Race Gender Hair Color
White Male Brown
Height Weight Eye Color
6' 0" 216 Blue
Native County Native State Prior/ Occupation
Harris Texas heating & air conditioner installation, electronics, exterminator, laborer
Prior Prison Record/
 None
Summary of incident


On 04/30/98 in Houston, Thompson got into an argument with a white male and white female in her apartment.

The night before officers had been called to the same address and had escorted Thompson away from the residence.

Thompson returned early the next morning and kicked the door in.

Thompson shot the male, causing his death, and injuring the female severely enough to require life flight to the hospital.

She died one week later, as a result of the shooting.
 



 

Co-defendants
None 
Race and Gender of Victim
White male & female
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fugitive Murderer Caught, Drunk

Charles Thompson Was Chatting On A Pay Phone Outside A Liquor Store

SHREVEPORT, Nov. 7, 2005 - CBS News

A convicted double-murderer who spent three days on the run after slipping away from a Houston jail was recaptured some 200 miles away drunk and talking on a pay phone.

Police acting on a tip Sunday found Charles Victor Thompson, 35, standing outside a liquor store in Shreveport, La., said Harris County Sheriff's Lt. John Martin.

"You know who I am," Thompson told officers when asked his name. Asked again, he identified himself as Charles Thompson, Martin said.

Katrina Webber of CBS affiliate KSLA-TV reports the store's employees watched the arrest.

"They said he was laughing, he didn't look as if he was afraid or intimidated or upset in any way," Webber told CBS Radio News. "He just kind of laughed, and one employee said that he appeared to be drunk at the time, and that he was just kind of taking this whole thing as a big joke as they pulled him into the police car."

Police said Thompson was too drunk to be interrogated Sunday night.

Thompson made a video court appearance before state District Judge Ramona Emanuel in Shreveport on Monday. Authorities said he would be sent to Houston when the paperwork was completed.

"I don't want to waste the taxpayers' money in Louisiana," Thompson said as he waived extradition.

The arrest ended a massive manhunt for Thompson, who was convicted in 1999 for the shooting deaths a year earlier of his ex-girlfriend, Dennise Hayslip, 39, and her new boyfriend, Darren Keith Cain, 30.

"He never should have got out," Martin said. "To have him back in custody again, this is where he belongs. He was convicted of capital murder. He was twice sentenced to death. There is no scenario under which he should be free roaming around on the street."

Shreveport city Jail Supervisor Barry Newton said Thompson had been booked on charges of being a fugitive from the U.S. Marshals Service and a fugitive from Harris County.

Thompson was sentenced to death Oct. 28 and was being held in the county jail until he could be transferred to a prison in Livingston, about 75 miles to the northeast.

Thompson escaped from custody Thursday using a smuggled set of clothes and a fake identification badge to get past guards. His escape resulted from "multiple errors" by jail personnel, Martin has said.

Marshals designated Thompson a federal fugitive in order to use its resources to find him and offered a $10,000 reward for his capture. Jurors and victims' relatives feared for their safety.

When he was arrested, Thompson had a bicycle, but it was unclear how he got to Shreveport, Martin said. Authorities did not know who he was talking to on the phone.

Even though Thompson's arrest was very important, it was only a small part of the ongoing investigation into how he managed to escape the county jail, said Steve Tiller with the U.S. Marshals Service.

On Thursday afternoon, Thompson was taken to a room in the jail for a meeting with his attorney. The visitor, however, was not Thompson's attorney of record, Terrence Gaiser, although investigators have determined the other person was an attorney, Martin said. His name has not been released because he is considered a witness.

After the attorney left, Thompson was alone in the room and he managed to remove his handcuffs and his bright orange prison jumpsuit and put on a dark blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes. Authorities believe those were the clothes Thompson wore during his sentencing and say he somehow smuggled them back to his cell.

Wearing his new outfit, Thompson left the prisoner's booth in the visiting room and waved a fake ID badge that wasn't scrutinized as he passed at least four jail employees at work stations. Thompson was eventually let into the jail's visitor's lobby and from there he walked out of the building and into the street.

"There's no way Chuck had the brain power for this," said John Donaghy, whose sister Thompson was convicted of killing. "He's not the sharpest pencil in the box."

Donaghy said he and his family felt a sense of relief when they learned of the capture. The family has spent the past few days hiding in hotels and staying with friends in other parts of the state.

"My family can now go back to a normal living. They have been totally disrupted," he said.

Authorities think somebody helped him escape, Martin said. "We do think that people helped him if for no other reason than we found his clothes back behind another jail facility," he said.

Donaghy said he expected Thompson would have been caught in Mexico, not Louisiana.

"I figured he had enough common sense to stay hidden for a while," he said. "It's just ridiculous that he got out."

 
 

Nabbed killer back in Texas

Death row inmate extradited from Louisiana

Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - CNN News

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- A Texas death row inmate who escaped last week from a Houston jail and was taken into custody Sunday night outside a liquor store in Shreveport, Louisiana, is back in Texas, a court official told CNN late Monday.

Charles Victor Thompson, 35, was the subject of a 78-hour, nationwide manhunt after he escaped Thursday by shedding his handcuffs and trading his prison jumpsuit for street clothes in a jailhouse booth after telling deputies he was meeting with a lawyer.

He was back behind bars in the same Harris County Jail on Monday night.

Earlier in the day, Thompson made an appearance before a Louisiana judge from the Shreveport jail via video feed and waived his right to counsel and extradition.

Authorities said Thompson talked his way out of the jail by showing deputies a fake ID that indicated he was with the attorney general's office.

Thompson offered authorities no resistance when arrested, said Marianne Matus, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Matus said marshals received "several credible tips" that Thompson was in the area, and police found him about 8 p.m. on a pay phone outside a liquor store in Shreveport, about 240 miles north of Houston.

"He appeared to be intoxicated," Matus said. The officers walked up to the escaped killer and asked him his name. He told them, "You know who I am."

Authorities said Thompson had a bicycle with him.

Officers determined he was too drunk to be questioned immediately, Matus said.

Thompson was transferred early Monday to the Caddo Parish Correctional Facility, where he was booked as an out-of-state fugitive and taken to the men's mental health unit, said spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick.

He was placed alone in a cell on an escape and suicide watch, she said. Chadwick described Thompson as "mild-mannered" and compliant. "So far, he has been no problem."

But Jebran Siddiqui, a clerk at the liquor store, said the arrest was more dramatic than Matus described. Siddiqui said he was working at the shop's drive-through window when he saw "some maniac kind of guy running around outside." About the same time, he saw another man get out of a car with a shotgun.

He said Thompson was heading toward his store and he feared a shootout was in the works -- so he grabbed a gun and walked to the door.

"I was shaking, like shivering and everything, but I wasn't losing my grip," Siddiqui said. "I think he was planning to come inside the store and, I don't know, hold us hostage or something."

The man with a shotgun turned out to be an undercover police officer, and several other officers swarmed in and "took him down pretty brutally" within three feet of the store, Siddiqui said.

Thompson was convicted of capital murder in April 1999 in the shooting deaths of his former girlfriend, Dennise Hayslip, 39, and her friend, Darren Cain, 30. He was sentenced to death.

The state Court of Criminal Appeals threw out the death sentence, ruling that Thompson's right to an attorney had been violated during his trial.

On October 28, a second jury sentenced Thompson to death.

"I'm glad to know no one else was harmed," Cain's brother, Devin Donaghey, told CNN. "I'm glad to know that he's back in custody."

Donaghey called Thompson a "worthless piece of society."

Donaghey also had harsh words for sheriff's deputies in Harris County, which includes Houston. He said they "dropped the ball" by letting Thompson escape.

"It's not the whole Sheriff's Department's fault, but there's more to this than what's come out," Donaghey said. "What happened should've never been possible."

Lt. John Martin, of the Harris County Sheriff's Department, agreed and said an investigation has already been launched.

"There's no scenario under which it's even conceivable that someone who's on death row could simply walk out of a jail," he said. "It's not the case that any force was used. He didn't use a weapon. He simply convinced us to let him walk out the front door."

 

 

 
 
 
 
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