Police recapture one of two accused murderers who escaped from Mississippi jail
Police have captured one of the inmates accused of murder who escaped from a jail in Raymond, Mississippi, the sheriff’s office said.
Escapee Gerome Montreal Moore is back in custody after he was captured in the late afternoon Thursday in South Jackson, Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason confirms to CNN.
“It was a peaceful apprehension,” Mason said.
A second inmate who escaped, Malcolm Landfair, remains at large, police said.
“The inmates escaped through a hole in the wall,” Mason said on Thursday. “No one noticed or heard anything.”
Police believe the hole was made in the wall over time, with metal objects which the inmates acquired.
Prison guards noticed the empty cells of the two inmates, 19-year-old Moore and 29-year-old Landfair, after a routine headcount early Thursday morning.
Moore is being held on capital murder and carjacking charges, while Landfair was jailed on charges of murder and house burglary, police said.
Moore has a history of escape and both suspects have ties to the Jackson, Mississippi, area, the sheriff’s office said.
Officers scoured the prison for two to three hours on Thursday after the inmates went missing before drug sniffing dogs were bought in to help with the search efforts. Police dogs were able to sniff a trail to the prison fence, where officers believed the inmates escaped, police said.
Law enforcement officials said they consider Landfair dangerous but not armed, and believe he is still in the Jackson, Mississippi, area.
An “aggressive” 15-person manhunt is currently underway with the assistance of a U.S. Marshal task force, Mason told CNN.
The Hinds Country Sheriff’s Office released a statement accepting full responsibility for the incident and said that law enforcement officials are doing everything in their power to apprehend the escapes and return them to custody.
CNN’s Khushbu Shah, Leigh Waldman, Maddie Felts, Kyle Schade and Sheena Jones contributed to this report.
By Azadeh Ansari and Jason Morris