A jail escapee was recaptured at a Baldwyn residence just hours after he fled from the Prentiss County Jail last Wednesday.

Shaun Franklin Reed, 34, fled from the jail through an unsecured door from the booking area of the jail around 6 p.m. last Wednesday. Sheriff Randy Tolar said the door had apparently been left ajar by a corrections officer.

Security camera footage showed him running south from the jail’s sallyport into a wooded area.

A citizen contacted authorities around 8:30 p.m. to report they had seen the escapee on Smith Drive in Booneville. It was later determined someone had given him a ride to a residence on Highway 370 west of Baldwyn just across the Lee/Prentiss county line.

“Investigators and Deputies quickly developed a strategy to approach the residence without being detected to lessen the likelihood of him escaping a second time. After quickly surrounding the residence Officers located Reed inside the residence attempting to flee out a rear door. He was arrested without incident,” said the sheriff.

Reed was originally arrested on Tuesday, November 10 for outstanding warrants in Alcorn County and felony drug charges in Prentiss County. Authorities had been searching for him for around two weeks.

“The eventual arrest came after Deputies Gary Garrett and Wesley Graves approached the residence on CR 8061 and could hear people inside but no one would come to the door, leading to the execution of a search warrant,” said the sheriff.

The home was the residence of Reed’s girlfriend, Christal Hope Austin. She has been charged with hindering prosecution for her attempt to hide the suspect from deputies. Her bond was set at $5,000 by Judge Trent Moore, and her case is being investigated by Investigator Dallas Lumpkin and will be presented to the next Grand Jury.

Reed now faces additional charges of felony escape with bond set at $50,000. Holds have also been placed on him by Alcorn County and by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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