Pearl River jail escapee caught here

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 19, 2002

WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF MARTIN PACE escorts Fredrick Suttles to Warren County Justice Court this morning.(The Vicksburg Post/MELANIE DUNCAN)

[04/19/02]A man accused of shooting a jailer while escaping from the Pearl River County Jail Sunday was arrested in Warren County Thursday night, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Fredrick Henry Suttles, 35, was captured on U.S. 80 between Bovina and Vicksburg about 11 p.m. The wounded jailer is expected to recover, sources said.

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Suttles was in the Warren County Jail this morning and was to make his initial appearance in Warren County Justice Court today on local charges of burglary of a home, grand larceny, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and possession of three or more stolen firearms, Pace said.

He was wanted on narcotics charges from Pearl River County as well as the armed escape, Pace said. Suttles is also wanted by federal authorities on the drug charges and was to be released to U.S. marshals, Pace said.

Pace said he and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Response Team recovered a .22 caliber pistol that was believed to have been in Suttles’ possession when he entered Warren County.

The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department believes Suttles used a .22 pistol in the Sunday shooting, which happened about 10 a.m., Pearl River County Chief Deputy Aaron Russell said.

A woman accused of helping Suttles escape from the jail was arrested about seven hours later, The Associated Press reported. She was reported found in woods where she and Suttles fled.

The jailer who chased Suttles, William Davis, wrested Suttles to the ground before being shot at least once in the leg.

“We received information that he may be in the Warren County area,” Pace said, without identifying the source. Suttles was armed with a knife, but the team arrested him without incident, Pace said.

The Chevrolet Camaro Suttles was traveling in was recovered and was reported stolen from Harrison County, Pace said.

The other weapons recovered were three high-powered rifles and a compound hunting bow, Pace said. The Sheriff’s Department believed the rifles and bow were taken in a burglary on Freetown Road, Pace said.

A second person, whom Pace would not name, was also held by the Sheriff’s Department for hours but was released after interviews with U.S. marshals and officers from the Pearl River Sheriff’s Department. That person was believed to have been preparing to purchase the vehicle Suttles was driving or trade it for his own, Pace said.