Harris County probation officer helps hide fugitives, has sexual relationship with escapee

(left to right) Joshua Parsons, Karla Mckeown and Raymundo Alzamora.

(left to right) Joshua Parsons, Karla Mckeown and Raymundo Alzamora.

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.