Harris County probation officer helps hide fugitives, has sexual relationship with escapee
HOUSTON — A Harris County probation officer has found herself on the wrong side of the law after helping two men who escaped from a substance abuse treatment facility.
Karla McKeown, 37, was arrested on Oct. 7 and charged with two counts of hindering apprehension.
McKeown, a probation officer at the Harris County Community and Corrections Department, was also working an an approved extra job at Peden Community Corrections, a substance abuse treatment facility.
According to court documents, on May 4, several residents escaped from Peden after someone pulled a fire alarm for distraction. Two of those residents, Raymundo Alzamora and Joshua Parsons, hid out at McKeown’s home in Spring. Authorities say she was having a romantic relationship with Alzamora.
Alzamora, 26, was on probation for aggravated assault of a family member. He has a lengthy rap sheet with prior convictions including possession, evading arrest and criminal mischief.
Parsons, 27, was on probation for possession of a controlled substance. His prior convictions include forgery and theft.
A tip led investigators to McKeown’s home, where Parsons was captured, but Alzamora managed to get away and is still at large.