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Escaped Prentiss County Inmate Captured

Posted by Kelsey Evans | August 20, 2012 / 02:24pm | Local News, Crime
 Prentiss County Sheriff's Department
Press Release
8/20/12

At approx. 12:39PM Prentiss County Sheriff's Dapartment had an inmate escape from custody. An Officer had transported the inmate to the Doctor and had stopped by Booneville Discount Pharmacy to have his prescription filled. While in the Pharmacy the inmate, identified as
Matthew Branch Arnold 24 of Booneville, kicked out the back door glass and and fled on foot, Witnesses descibed what they saw and provided information that helped us narrow down the scope of our search. The inmate was dressed in all orange and had both leg restraints and handcuffs. He was cuffed behind his back. After about a hour of seaching Deputy Keith Lovell spotted him attempting to cross a ditch that runs East and West between Metro Cast Cable Company and Unity Broadcasting. He then eluded searching Officers by hiding, crawling under an overhang in the ditch bank with the only thing visible being his nose up. Detective Jerry Bridges with the Booneville Police
Department spotted the murky water and looked closer and recognizing Arnold almost completely submerged under the overhang. He was taken back into custody at 1:49PM. Prentiss County Sheriff's Office, Booneville Police Department, Northern District Constable Sammy Henderson, the Prentiss County Coroners Office and a host of other volunteers assisted in the search.
Arnold was being held since June 13th on Burglary and Larceny
charges stemming from a burglary of a building in Booneville. His
bond had been set at $5,000. He will be facing additional charges of
Felony Escape.

We appreciate everyone's help in capturing Arnold.

Sheriff Randy M Tolar

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Booneville (WCBI) - A inmate has escaped from Prentiss County and authorities need your help to put him back behind bars.

According to Prentiss County Sheriff's department, Matthew Arnold escaped from custody about 2 this afternoon. Arnold was wearing jail clothes, handcuffs, and leg chains. He was last seen near Booneville Discount Drugs on second street in Booneville.

If you seen this man please call 911 or the Prentiss County Sheriff's Department at 662 728 6232
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