Lawrence inmate back behind bars

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, February 28, 2001

A Lawrence County Jail inmate is back behind bars today afterescaping from the facility Monday night, county authoritiessaid.

Dwayne Evans, 42, was recaptured Tuesday inside in theMonticello city limits following his jail escape Monday around 7:45p.m. Evans was in jail on armed robbery and auto burglary chargesin connection with an incident at the Liberty Inn Motel, saidSheriff Joel Thames.

Thames said Evans had borrowed a jacket from a fellow inmateassigned to a county work crew. After a jailer left a door to thejail’s exercise yard open, Evans wrapped himself in the jacket,used it to roll over razor wire at the top of a security fence andescaped.

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“Evidently, he had planned it out,” Thames said of the inmate’sescape.

Within 10 minutes, Thames said another inmate alertedauthorities and the Rankin County Search and Rescue dog team wascalled for assistance. Authorities tracked Evans about two milessouth to the Highway 27 bypass.

“That’s where we lost the trail,” Thames said.

Thames said Evans allegedly broke into a rental home between thejail and the bypass and changed clothes. The sheriff speculatedlate Tuesday morning that Evans used a phone at the residence tocall someone to pick him up.

Evans, though, was found and apprehended later Tuesday in thecity limits. Details of his capture were unavailable and Thames wasunavailable for comment Wednesday morning.

Evans has an extensive criminal background in Louisiana, Thamessaid. Evans was being held for Louisiana authorities pendingcharges in that state, the sheriff said.

Thames said he was meeting Tuesday afternoon with jail securityexperts in an effort to prevent future escapes. Additional razorwire was one possibility, he mentioned.

Thames said the negligent jailer involved in the incident hadbeen suspended.