During that time, David Payton, 31, of Hinds County, who is serving 25 years for armed robbery, and Kendrick Lamont Davis, 27, from Sharkey County, who is serving 15 years for rape and burglary, allegedly assaulted a woman in a residence across the road from the jail.
Warden Doug Mullins said the two men escaped by assaulting a correctional officer on the recreation yard at about 7:49 a.m. Thursday. They then reportedly scaled two fences topped with razor wire, where one of them was injured.
With the assistance of the Corinth Police Department, the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office caught the escapees at about 8:16 a.m. in the West Hills subdivision residence where they had fled.
They entered a house where a woman, a man and a 9-year-old girl were inside, said Police Chief David Lancaster.
Davis, who apparently knew the woman, allegedly got into the house through an unlocked door, knocked the woman to the ground and struck her several times in the face before being thrown off her.
With police officers and sheriff’s deputies close on their heels, Davis hid in a closet while Payton made a hole in the ceiling and climbed into the attic, where they were apprehended, police report.
The sheriff’s department and police department worked closely together and both men are charged by Corinth Police Department with burglary with intent to assault.
They are charged by the sheriff’s office with escape, and are being held in Alcorn County Jail until transport to another facility, Mullins said.