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Witnesses describe search for bank robbery suspect

Donald Landrum Jr., was found hiding in the swamps off Hwy 63 behind the Quality Inn, approximately 400 meters into the swamp. (Photo source: MHP/Jason Gazzo) Donald Landrum Jr., was found hiding in the swamps off Hwy 63 behind the Quality Inn, approximately 400 meters into the swamp. (Photo source: MHP/Jason Gazzo)
Donald Olin Landrum Jr, Heather Landrum (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.) Donald Olin Landrum Jr, Heather Landrum (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A morning bank robbery in Ocean Springs led to a massive manhunt in Moss Point Friday. Ocean Springs Police believe a husband and wife from Fort Myers, Florida, robbed The First bank on Bienville Boulevard shortly after it opened. One of the suspects was finally captured after a seven hour search.

Helicopters hovered over the woods near Highway 63 and I-10.  On the ground, K-9s and officers from every agency in Jackson County surrounded the parking lot behind the Chevron gas station.

"We've just been watching all these cops go through the woods. It's been crazy," said store manager Melissa Hudson.

"Whoo, scary, very scary. Police officers and guns and robbers," said store employee Mae Farmer.

The day-long search began shortly after 9:00 a.m. in Ocean Springs. Heather Landrum is accused of walking into The First bank in the Spring Plaza and handing a teller a note demanding money. Police say the woman took off in a green Dodge van, with Donald Landrum, Jr. behind the wheel.

A Gautier police officer spotted them on I-10 in Moss Point. Mary Hawkins was working in the lobby of the Quality Inn when she saw the van.

"This man came down the wrong way on the off ramp of I-10 there and they went over into the grass. They had to come to a stop and when they did, all these police cars, like about ten of them, were chasing them and pulling up in front," said Hawkins.

Police arrested Heather Landrum. They believe her husband took off on foot into the woods.

"It's a little crazy, that's for sure," said Hudson.

It wasn't the kind of commotion Melissa Hudson expected on her birthday.

"A little excitement for my birthday, I don't mind that," she said with a laugh.

After capturing the excitement on camera, the ladies went back to work. But the officers continued to comb the muddy woods.

"[I hope] they catch him and apprehend him and get him away from here," said Farmer.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol helped find the suspect. Ocean Springs Police say once Donald Landrum is checked-out by a medical team, they'll decide where to transport him.   

Heather Landrum is in the Ocean Springs Jail. Her bond is set at $50,000. Police say some of the money that was allegedly stolen from the bank was found in the getaway vehicle.

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