HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Authorities from Harrison County to Slidell, Louisiana remain on the lookout for a man who escaped from the Hancock County Jail Sunday evening.
Sheriff Ricky Adam said the man on the run, 28-year-old Perry Thomas, is a known member of the Vice Lord Gang and is considered dangerous. Thomas was being held without bond for sexual battery of a child, theft and several other charges. He was arrested just one day before he escaped.
The question many people are asking is how were Thomas and another man able to escape?
Blood splatters, orange jump suits and sandals could be seen Monday hanging on and around the barbed wire fences where two inmates climbed out of the Hancock County jail courtyard.
Adam said the inmates were let outside at 5pm. Six minutes later camera show Montrell McPherson and Perry Thomas scaled three barbed wire fences and escaped.
"When they brought the inmates in, they noticed they were gone," Adam said. "They were two short, so they sent out a message to dispatch, dispatch notified everybody."
That notification went out just after 6pm. Then, 45 minutes later, Adam said McPherson was found in the woods across from the sheriff's department.
"He was caught because he missed his ride," Adam said. "The other inmate, as we have found out since, contacted a female to pick him up on the highway. Well, when he got in the car, he made her leave and left her behind."
Rhakee Lyons was the woman allegedly waiting for Thomas when he escaped. Lyons, along with Shondreka Lee, who authorities said drove Thomas to Slidell sometime after midnight, are in jail charged with aiding in the escape.
"It wasn't a well laid out plan," Chief Deputy Don Bass said. "I don't think there was much planning to it other than that we are going to take our best shot and scale this razor wire."
When McPherson was captured, sheriff officials said he was bleeding profusely and was brought to the hospital where he received 22 staples. Investigators believe Thomas is also injured.
This is the first time anyone has escaped from the jail since it opened in 2012.
"They do everything in their power to control the inmates and keep prisoners on the grounds," Bass said, "but things happen, and this is one instance that it happened."
"If they are hell bent and determined to get over the wire, they are going to get over the wire," Adam said.
But the sheriff and chief deputy said they have already come up with plans, including putting limestone rocks in between the fences, to make it tougher for inmates to try to escape.
Authorities said Thomas usually travels between Gulfport, Slidell, Picayune and Hancock County. If you have any information about his whereabouts, you are asked to call your local law enforcement agency immediately.
More arrests could be made if anyone is helping Thomas hide from authorities.