Inmate who escaped court now in custody

Inmate who escaped court now in custody
Fate Santee. Source: HPD
Fate Santee is now in custody. Source: WDAM
Fate Santee is now in custody. Source: WDAM
Diamond Kidd. Souce: HPD
Diamond Kidd. Souce: HPD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg escaped inmate is back and custody, and his alleged girlfriend is also facing felony charges.

Fate Santee, 36, escaped from his initial appearance Monday morning just before 10 a.m. at the Hattiesburg Municipal Courthouse.

Santee was arrested Friday, and was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of controlled substance and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

"About 9:50 this morning we noticed that an inmate was not in the municipal courtroom, the officers were able to see that he escaped through a back area of the municipal courtroom," said Hattiesburg Police PIO Latosha Myers Mitchell. "He is a habitual offender, he is a known gang member, we do consider him dangerous and a menace to society."

Just before noon, Hattiesburg police arrested Santee's alleged girlfriend, Diamond Kidd.

Kidd, 24, of Hattiesburg was charged with aiding an escaped inmate and booked into the Forrest County Jail. Myers Mitchell said she allegedly gave him a ride from the courthouse once he escaped.

Shortly before noon, Santee was taken into custody behind a home in the 100 block of East 7thStreet.

"It ain't something you see every day so I was shocked," said homeowner Robert McDougal. "And I look out and see 20 cars and 25 policemen back there, I don't know what's really going on."

McDougal said he was scared, but more shocked than anything.

"Scared for a little while….cause there was so many police officers back there…so I wasn't coming out the house till I made sure whatever y'all was doing back there, then I was gone come out the front door when y'all raised him up," said McDougal.

Myers Mitchell added that phone calls and tips from the public led to his apprehension.

"We got an put a picture out, we got information out that he was an escapee, the community rallied together and with their diligence giving out tips we were able to locate him," said Myer Mitchell.

According to city officials, there is an ongoing internal investigation into how Santee was able to escape, while shackled in his orange and white jumpsuit from court.