PT: for wherever inside local

PT: for wherever inside local

A man who walked away from the Tupelo City Jail nearly two weeks ago was back in custody Thursday.

Robert Owens, 30, of Tupelo was picked up by Lee County sheriff’s deputies about noon. He was at a home on Calvert Drive in the Green Tee Subdivision. Chief Deputy Steve Brooks said when authorities arrived, Owens was found hiding in a closet.

Brooks said a deputy in his department had received information about Owens’ whereabouts.

Owens, who had been featured in a Crime Stopper’s segment, walked away from the Tupelo City Jail about 5 p.m. April 4. Officials speculated that he climbed over the wall of a holding cell located behind the jailer’s office and walked out a side door.

Owens was being held for questioning by Tupelo Police Department detectives at the time of his escape. He now faces a jail escape charge which carries a maximum penalty of five years.

Owens’ escape spawned a surprise inspection that turned up homemade weapons, bullets, zipguns, and drug paraphernalia in the inmates’ cells.

The problem with the holding cell area has been corrected and security at the jail has been tightened.

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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