Posted: Sep 29, 2010 10:58 AM
Source: Associated Press
Six inmates who escaped from a Mississippi jail were arrested Wednesday in New Orleans.
Sheriff Steve Rushing told the Brookhaven Daily Leader that his deputies, assisted by the U.S. Marshals Service, apprehended the entire group in a pair of raids at separate hotels in New Orleans around 5 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. All six escapees were being held in the Jefferson Parish Jail.
Rushing said he will ask for their extradition to Mississippi.
"Based on information we received (Tuesday) night and through investigative techniques, we were able to find a location where we thought they might be in New Orleans," Rushing said. "U.S. Marshals hit it and my officers were there to verify them."
The apprehended escaped inmates include Ahmad R. Butler, James R. Durr, Austin R. Hart, Bobby J. Hudson, Justin S. Leake and Chad M. Wallace, all of Lincoln County.
Butler is facing murder charges in the June 17 killing of 21-year-old Anthony Nichols of McComb, who was shot dead near a convenience store on South First Street in Brookhaven.
Durr is charged with grand larceny of personal property, while Hart is facing charges of burglary of a motor vehicle.
The remaining three inmates face various drug charges. All were awaiting trial.
Rushing said escape charges would now be filed against the six inmates. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Rushing said investigators are working to determine if the escapees were aided in their breakout, and more charges may be coming for their alleged helpers.
"Anybody we can track down who might have helped them will be charged as an accessory," Rushing said. "Obviously, they would have had to have some way to go, some mode of transport."
The inmates escaped the jail sometime around midnight Monday by burning out a plexiglass window and prying apart the metal slats that covered it outside, using bed sheets as a rope to descend from the third-story cell. Six other inmates housed with them in the block stayed behind.