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Man escapes custody of bondsman at jail, captured quickly

Viet Nguyen (Source Harrison County Jail) Viet Nguyen (Source Harrison County Jail)
Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate in Harrison County. (Source: WLOX) Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate in Harrison County. (Source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A man who escaped a bondsman Thursday morning while being transferred to jail is now back in custody.

It happened just after 9:30 a.m. It was over quickly, but Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson is not happy. 

“We never took custody of the person,” Peterson said. “He was in the lobby the whole time.”

Officials say Viet Van Nguyen escaped in handcuffs when he was being led away from a bonding company to be transferred into the jail's custody.

Nguyen was out on $10,000 bond for grand larceny and was brought in on a charge of failure to appear. 

He reportedly scrambled out the front door and all the way down the entrance breezeway. He then ran across the parking lot and scaled a perimeter fence, even breaking some of the barbed wire, according to police. 

George Carney, owner of GW Foxx Bonding, said it happened quickly.

“I left him out in the lobby, while I went to move the car,” he said. “And another bail bondsman was ... watching him while I was gone. So, he bailed out. He jumped here and that's it.”

Sheriff's deputies set up a perimeter around Harrison County Adult Detention Center in Gulfport and searched the area.

Nguyen was caught about half and hour later, just 75 yards away from where he escaped. 

Peterson says this kind of thing never happens, and he’s concerned about the way the situation was handled.

“It’s just complacency on their part,” he said. “When you surrender somebody to the jail, they should stay in handcuffs behind their back until we take custody of that person. The only thing that I see that he did right was get him to the jail. Other than that, everything else was not done properly.”

Since Nguyen was not yet in the custody of the jail, officials say he will not face an additional charge of escape.

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