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UPDATE: 7 escaped inmates in Covington County back in custody

A group of inmates have escaped from the Covington County Jail. Photo Source Inmate Roster A group of inmates have escaped from the Covington County Jail. Photo Source Inmate Roster
COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Since Sunday night, authorities have been working around the clock to apprehend seven inmates that escaped the Covington County Jail in Collins.

Now all seven are back in custody according to Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith. The last inmate that was on the run was James Chase Morgan, who was arrested around 8:15 p.m. in Eastabuchie near the Forrest-Jones County line.

Smith added that it was a collaboration with Forrest and Jones County deputies as well as the U.S. Marshal's Task Force as well as Covington County deputies.

All of the inmates have been transported to the new jail facility on Hwy 84 in Covington County.

According to Covington County Under Sheriff Terry Holbrook seven inmates escaped Sunday night around 10 p.m. from the county jail in downtown Collins.

The captured inmates:

James Chase Morgan, charged with simple assault on a police officer.

Jerricus Hawthorn, charged with burglary and 3 counts of petty larceny.

John Earl Fairley, charged with aggravated assault.

Renardoe Keys, charged with felony escape and 2 counts of residential burglary.

Dustin Rogers, charged with accessory after the fact.

Richard Smith, charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a bench warrant, and willful trespassing.

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“We located one of the suspects within five miles of the jail quickly, and were able to get him back into custody,” said Holbrook.

Just before 10: a.m. authorities in Houma Louisiana arrested four of the remaining six inmates. 

According to Covington County authors Jerricus Hawthorn was captured around 8:30 p.m. near Lindsey Road in Collins. He will be taken to the Covington County jail with the other escapes. 

James Chase Morgan is still at large at this time.

“At this time we do consider the inmates dangerous; however we have no reason to believe they are currently armed,” said Holbrook.

Holbrook added that deputies have worked through the night on Sunday to locate the six remaining at large, as well as have called in the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force for assistance.

One of the escaped inmates is a former employee at Graham Pool Co. in Collins, and according to authorities, stole a 2008 silver GMC Acadia with the car tag “VPINK” from the business.

Officials added the business is just down the train tracks from the business and authorities believe one of the inmates just jumped on the tracks and headed to the business to take the car since he was familiar with the layout of the business.

Another vehicle, a 2006 gray Mazda6 with the car tag “CVM 336”was stolen from the Hot Coffee area of Covington County.

Authorities were scheduled to begin moving inmates to the new $3.5 million law complex on Highway 84, just west of Collins this morning at 8 a.m. Officials believe the group of inmates took this opportunity to flee before being transported to the new facility.

If you have any information regarding the escaped inmates, contact Covington County authorities at 601-765-8281.

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