Escaped inmate captured in Panola County

Escaped inmate captured in Panola County
Jason Elliot Mazingo, 37


The escaped inmate, Jason Mazingo has been captured in Panola County and the stolen GMC Envoy has been recovered. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task force apprehended Mazingo just after 5 p.m. in Batesville.

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith gave credit to all of the agencies that help, including the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Mississippi Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force and other local agencies.


The suspect, Jason Elliot Mazingo, ditched the 1985 Toyota  he was driving when he escaped and has stolen an '03 white GMC Envoy from Paul B. Johnson State Park. There are wildlife stickers on both sides of the Envoy, and four cans of gas are also missing.

The scene was processed by a Crime Scene Investigator from the Hattiesburg Police Department, and the vehicle was returned to Perry County.

If you have any information call The Perry County Sheriff's Department at 601-964-8461 or Perry County Crime Stoppers at 601-964-STOP.

The scene: 

An early morning escape at the Perry County Jail has an inmate on the run. 

Perry County law enforcement officers are searching for escaped inmate, Jason Elliot Mazingo, 37, who escaped around 2 a.m. 

"The jailer found him hiding in a holding cell, and she went to get help and when she went to get help he escaped," Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said.

"He opened his cell door open with some plastic spoons, or some type of plastic utensils that inmates get for their meals," Smith said. "He jammed the lock open with plastic spoons, he stuck the spoons in the latch and jammed the locking mechanism back so the door appeared closed but was still unlocked." 

Mazingo was in custody for seven counts of residential burglary out of Perry County. 

According to Smith, Mazingo has ties Brooklyn, Mississippi; Eufala, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. 

"We don't consider him armed, but we do ask the public to use caution if they come up on him," Smith said.

"We believe that he has stolen a 1985 Toyota pickup, either brown or maroon with a Mississippi antique tag  with the number T15042 off of Willow Street in New Augusta early this morning," Smith said.

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Mississippi Highway Patrol as well as the U.S Marshals Fugitive Task Force have all contributed to this ongoing investigation. 

"He discarded his inmate clothing off 3rd Street in New Augusta, so we don't have a clothing description at this time," Smith said. "We have had folks on ground searching since the escape occurred, canvassing the area and all around the county."