From staff reports
As of Wednesday afternoon, one of three Hinds County escaped inmates who walked away from a work detail Feb. 10, remained at large.
Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce that Gary Chambers, 31, is in custody. Jeremy Jordan, 24, turned himself in Feb. 12, and revealed to authorities that the escape was planned. Deundre Pinkston, 20, has not been apprehended.
The men, who are nonviolent offenders, were picking up trash on I-220 near Forest Avenue when they were permitted to walk into the woods to use the restroom. They never returned.
Jordan was serving time for more than $6,000 in fines and had traffic and contempt of court violations. Pinkston owed fines of about $1,000 and was serving time for speeding, public profanity and misdemeanor domestic assault. Chambers was serving time for drug possession, false pretense, contempt of court, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Pinkston and Chambers only had 24 days left to serve. Escaping from their work detail could result in an additional one to five years to serve, according to Mason.
A Crimestoppers tip helped law enforcement locate Chambers who had gone to Memphis where he was staying with a relative.
Family members are being questioned to determine if Chambers had an accomplice to help him.
As for finding Pinkston, Mason said, “We will use every leverage available from law enforcement to apprehend, locate and arrest Deundre Pinkston. And I caution him – he needs to come in.”
The Sheriff’s Department is pursuing a lead on Pinkston’s possible location.
“I just want Mr. Pinkston to know – you next. So, it’s best to come on in while it’s fresh,” Mason said.
A Crimestoppers’ reward for information leading to Pinkston’s capture is being offered.