UPDATE: Juvenile escapees returned to Lee County detention center

The teenage inmate that deputies searched for overnight Thursday has been captured after officers set up a check point and he was caught in a stolen vehicle, Sheriff Jim Johnson said.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 10:42 PM
Updated: Aug 31, 2018 6:46 PM

Update: 7:00 a.m. - The teenage inmate that deputies searched for overnight Thursday has been captured after officers set up a check point and he was caught in a stolen vehicle, Sheriff Jim Johnson said.

The checkpoint was set up near Big Oaks Golf Course and the 15-year-old was taken into custody around 1:30 Friday morning, Johnson said.

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LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Four teenage inmates escaped the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center Thursday night after they overpowered an officer, according to Sheriff Jim Johnson.

Officers searched East Main St. for the teens and captured three of them.

A 15-year-old is still on the loose.

Officers are going to search for him through the night, according to Johnson.

The escapee was said to be wearing a juvenile detention uniform that is yellow, but it is possible he could have changed into different clothes, Johnson said.

The other three teens have returned to the detention center; they were found within a mile of the vicinity.

The officer who was assaulted is ok, Johnson said.

If anyone finds him or knows where he could be, you are asked to the Lee County Sheriff's Department immediately.

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