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

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(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.