Law enforcement searching for escaped inmates on Pearson Rd. after prison clothes found at business

Law enforcement searching for escaped inmates on Pearson Rd. after prison clothes found at business

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - Law enforcement agencies are searching for the two escaped convicts near Pearson Road just south of I-20 in Rankin County.

According to authorities, prison clothes were found at an electrical business on Hwy 468 and S. Pearson road Monday morning.

MHP’s Kervin Stewart says it appears the escaped convicts had been in this business for awhile with the supplies, clothes, and food they found inside.

The business owner said he believe the men used a phone to call somebody in one of their other buildings.

Search teams and K-9 units are now searching this area.

According to the Lauderdale Sheriff’s Department, authorities are also searching a train that was in Jackson over the weekend and is now in Lauderdale County.

The Sheriff’s Department is going car by car to ensure the escaped inmates are not hiding out in one of the cars.

Prison clothes found at electrical business on Hwy 468; Source: WLBT
Prison clothes found at electrical business on Hwy 468; Source: WLBT

Authorities are urging the public to report any sightings or information to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at 601-987-1530, MDOC at 601-745-6611, or Crimestoppers at 601-355- TIPS(8477).

Those involved in the search include Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal Service.

The inmates escaped from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.

Blankenship stands at five-feet-10-inches tall with blond hair and blue eyes, weighing 200 pounds. He uses the alias ‘Hustle’. He has tattoos on his face and neck. He was convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer and conspiracy to commit a crime in Alcorn County and is serving a total of five years.

Jonathan Blankenship; Source: MDOC
Jonathan Blankenship; Source: MDOC

High is five-feet-seven-inches tall with hazel eyes and brown hair, weighing 145 pounds. He has tattoos, including to his chest and arms. He was convicted of burglary larceny of an unoccupied dwelling in Carroll County and is serving a total of 12 years.

Christopher High; Source: MDOC
Christopher High; Source: MDOC

Both subjects are considered armed and dangerous.

If you see either one of these men, or have information on their whereabouts, please call police.

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