PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department.
According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.
Apparently, the Tennessee fugitives exited the woods this morning, walked up to a house and knocked on the door. The homeowner didn't recognize the people at his home. So, instead of opening that door, he called Picayune police, and dispatchers sent an officer to the area. "As soon as he turned off Ozona Richardson onto Richardson, he saw the suspect," Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison explained. "They began to run. They had to climb a fence."
So, the officer began a pursuit. When his car hit wet grass, it reportedly skidded. The police vehicle came to a stop at the fence, pinning one of the suspects against that fence. Sheriff Allison said the other suspect came back to check on his brother. Both men were immediately apprehended. The suspect trapped along the fence had a few scratches, but no broken bones. "He's at the hospital right now, and his brother is on his way to jail," Sheriff Allison said.
Hours earlier, authorities got a tip that the Marchbanks brothers were still in the Ozona community. They were allegedly spotted around midnight. But, according to the sheriff, they darted back into the woods before they could be apprehended. Law enforcement teams grounded their helicopter overnight. But, they kept search teams in that area, expecting the suspects to come out of the woods at daybreak. And that's what reportedly happened.
Investigators with the sheriff's department said deputies were on foot with K-9 units patrolling the area throughout the night and a helicopter was also used to aid in the search.
"We've been searching sheds, searching barns, searching abandoned homes, and riding the roads just looking for them hopefully to exit out of the woods," said Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison.
Deputies said brothers, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks, were spotted earlier Wednesday afternoon leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune and getting into a black truck. When authorities tried to approach the truck, the men took off, then crashed into a tree and fled on foot.
Their father was also in the truck. Jeffrey Lynn Marchbanks, Sr., 47, of Bogalusa, LA didn't get away. He's now at the Pearl River County Jail charged with resisting arrest.
Both men are in their mid-twenties. They're wanted on residential burglary charges in Tennessee.
"They are on the run and feel like they are desperate and desperate people will do desperate things. We are asking people to be cautious," warned Sheriff Allison. "If somebody knocks on their door to ask who they are, if it's not anybody they know just dial 911 and let's get a deputy to their residence to find out who it is."
The search was centered in north Picayune in a wooded area near Richardson Ozona Road and Haydon Oaks Drive.