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Sheriff: Man fled jail before bondsman could turn him in

GULFPORT (AP) — Authorities say a man fled from a Gulf Coast jail before a bail bondsman could turn him in.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson identified 45-year-old Viet Van Nguyen as the man who fled from the county jail Thursday.

News outlets report Nguyen was brought to the jail by a bondsman to turn him in on a charge of failure to appear in court for a grand larceny charge.

Peterson says the bondsman asked another bondsman to watch him while he went outside to move a vehicle.

Officials say Nguyen ran through the employee parking lot, scaled a fence and ran into the woods.

He was found about 75 yards away. Peterson says he won’t be charged with escape because he wasn’t yet in custody of the jail.