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.
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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.