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A man accused of attempted kidnapping attempts to break out of the Oktibbeha County jail for the second time.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 3:22 PM
Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 3:47 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A man accused of attempted kidnapping attempts to escape from the Oktibbeha County jail for the second time.

John Arnold, Jr., 45, was being held in the Oktibbeha County jail on two counts of attempted kidnapping. Tuesday afternoon, Arnold attacked an officer and attempted to escape, but was subdued by officers.

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According to the Starkville Daily News, Arnold attempted to escape from isolated confinement Tuesday night. He was later transferred to the high risk section of the Lowndes County jail.

Investigator Brett Watson tells the newspaper they believe Arnold was trying to get through the roof of his cell through a vent, but was never able to break the plane.

No officers were injured in his apprehension.

He is now facing addtional charges of escape attempt and assault on a corrections officer.

This all started with his February 16 arrest by Starkville police. He is accused of trying to check out a student at Sudduth Elementary School without parental approval.

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He was again arrested for a similar incident at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary. This led to a manhunt in Starkville for him.

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RELATED: Bond set at $10 million for Starkville suspect 

His bond was set Wednesday at $30 million.

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