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For Immediate Release

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September 21, 2017 Southern District of Mississippi; 662-701-8812
USMS Office of Public Affairs; (703) 740-1699
US Marshals Nab 2 Mississippi State Penitentiary Escapees in Arkansas and Mississippi
OXFORD, Miss. – U.S. Marshals have arrested the two prisoners who escaped from Mississippi State Penitentiary late Sunday night.

James R. Sanders, 41, was arrested in West Helena, Arkansas, Tuesday night by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Ryan Young, 22, was arrested after a short foot pursuit in Mound Bayou Wednesday night by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Sanders and Young escaped early Monday morning. How the escape occurred is under investigation by the Mississippi Department of Correction. Both were considered armed and dangerous. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force adopted the case Monday.

Numerous agencies assisted in the search for the escapees, including the U.S. Marshals offices in the Eastern District of Arkansas and the Northern District of Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Drew Police Department, Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department, Sunflower County Sheriff’s Department, Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department, and the Phillips County Sheriff’s Department in Arkansas.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is one of seven Congressionally-funded regional fugitive task forces. U.S. Marshals task forces combine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives. In 2016, U.S. Marshals arrested over 88,000 federal, state and local fugitives. Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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