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Man escapes from Pearl River Co. jail, arrested again with girlfriend and another woman

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 4:41 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT
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PEARL RIVER COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - A man who escaped from the Pearl River County jail on Sunday afternoon is back in custody. Authorities say he stole a utility truck and went to his girlfriend’s house.

According to Chief Investigator Maj. Mark Ogden with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department, Jessie Millis was initially arrested on a misdemeanor charge around 2:47 p.m. on July 4.

A man who escaped from the Pearl River County jail on Sunday afternoon is back in custody.
A man who escaped from the Pearl River County jail on Sunday afternoon is back in custody.(Pear River County Jail)

Millis reportedly threatened suicide and was placed into a visitation room temporarily while officers prepared a safe place for him, said authorities. However, Millis used that opportunity to climb into the ceiling, escaping the jail through the lobby and running into the woods, said Ogden.

The 30-year-old suspect made his way up Highway 11 to the county’s utility authority building, where he then stole an utility truck, said the investigator. The sheriff’s department brought in K9 officers to track Millis’ scent and deputies began checking the homes of his family and friends for possible leads.

Millis was found shortly after inside a home with two women, one of whom is his girlfriend, said Ogden. He is charged with grand larceny of a vehicle and escaping jail.

The two women - Kimberly Penton and Sara Richard - were also arrested and charged with felony assisting a prisoner.

Penton and Richard were also taken into custody and were each charged with a felony for...
Penton and Richard were also taken into custody and were each charged with a felony for assisting an escape of a prisoner.(Pear River County Jail)

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