Wednesday, April 6, 2016

One down, one to go

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

Rankin County Law Enforcement Arrests Florida Escapee James Banks

The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Pelahatchie Police Department and Brandon Police Department arrested Florida escapee James Thomas BANKS at approximately 6:30 am today at the near the 59 mile marker on Interstate 20.

 Around 6:00 am, the Sheriff’s Department received a call from a cab driver who reported that he had received a call to pick up an individual on U.S. Highway 80 in Pelahatchie and was concerned that is could possibly be the wanted suspect. Deputies talked with the driver and emailed a picture of the suspect to him. The cab driver did pick up the person and it was in fact the escapee. Working with the deputies the cab driver drove BANKS away from the populated area around Pelahatchie and drove onto Interstate 20. The cab driver took exit 59 off of I-20 west and got back onto I-20 east. Once he was on I-20 east Rankin County Deputies along with Pelahatchie Police and Brandon Police performed a rolling roadblock on the cab and surrounded it. BANKS was taken into custody immediately without resistance.

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 BANKS was transported to the Rankin County Jail where he was booked in and is currently housed in a high security cell. BANKS will appear before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel and D.A. Michael Guest on his Rankin County charges and also faces extradition to Florida and Minnesota.

The other escapee, Michael Andrew RUTUNNO is still at large and we have verified that he was in Longview, TX yesterday around lunch still driving the stolen truck from Rankin County. The nationwide search for him continues, but we are confident he is no longer in Rankin County area.

I am so thankful for the teamwork and cooperation of the Rankin County Deputies, Pelahatchie Police Department, Pearl Police Department, Brandon Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and the Aviation Unit of the Mississippi Army National Guard. I believe the large presence of law enforcement was the key in flushing the suspect out while giving our community a little peace of mind during this tense situation.


Anonymous said...

I thought they crashed the truck in a ditch. How did the other guy end up in Texas in that stolen truck?

Calling All Cars said...

This sounds like a mighty stupid damned plan to endanger the life of this cab driver with that half-ass dimwit-plan. A plain-clothes cop could have showed up at the truck stop and captured or shot the man in thirty seconds.

Burke said...

That cab driver has a large pair.

Anonymous said...

My gut tells me the cabbie was packing and wasn't afraid to use it if necessary.

Anonymous said...

Should've called an Uber instead.

Anonymous said...

Dude should have called uber.

Anonymous said...

11:52, so you're a trained LEO who knows all about arrest procedures under dangerous conditions, or someone who watches Criminal Minds once a week on TV(my guess)?

Anonymous said...

All they had to do was drive into Ward 3 and seek shelter from the Kenny Stokes Underground Crimehood.

Calling All Cars said...

3:4: Sending a civilian into a potential hostage situation is never, ever sensible according to any police protocol or training. If you disagree, cite your evidence.

Rather than criticize my post, perhaps you can tell us how and why you think the plan was sensible. Take your time. You may begin.

Anonymous said...

Cop should have driven the cab. Open and shut.

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