Escaped inmate found hiding in Jackson home - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Escaped inmate found hiding in Jackson home

Michael Cooks Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Office Michael Cooks Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Office
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Deputies discovered 19-year-old Michael Cooks inside the attic of a home on Lea Circle in Jackson not long after he escaped from custody.

It was the second time they had searched the home. The first time, they were told by a woman inside the home that Cooks wasn't there.

"We questioned her originally at this house, and she originally said that no one was here, and we later discovered, of course, that he was here," Hinds County Sheriff's Department spokesman Othor Cain said. "We then took her into custody for further questioning."

During the perimeter search, a deputy with the K-9 unit was bitten by a loose pit bull. JPD's animal control unit picked up the dog afterward for rabies testing.

How did Cooks escape? 

Deputies had taken him to a hospital for treatment because he had medical issues.

"It is hospital policy that we have to take the inmates inside in a wheelchair, so one of our deputies left the van to go get the wheelchair," Cain said.

He said when the deputy came back, Cooks pushed the door open, confronted the deputy and ran off.

Cain said Cooks had arm and leg irons to keep him secure, and the escape caught the deputy off guard.

"It is under investigation how this inmate was able to manipulate his leg irons," Cain said.

In all, deputies took two women inside the home into custody. Their connection to the inmate is unknown at this point.

"We're trying to determine relationships, whether it was family friends, whatever. That piece is still under investigation," says Cain.

Cooks was behind bars on two counts of rape, house burglary and business burglary.

Now, he likely faces escape charges.

The two women taken into custody could be charged as well. Their names have not been released.

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