1 of 3 Mississippi escaped inmates arrested in Houston-area hospital, authorities say

ByMycah Hatfield KTRK logo
Friday, April 28, 2023
Tip leads to capture of escaped Mississippi inmate at Houston hospital
An escaped inmate from a Mississippi detention center is now in custody here in Houston.

HOUSTON, Texas -- Police in Spring Valley Village have arrested one of the three fugitives who escaped from a Mississippi jail, according to Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones.

On Thursday, Jones shared on Twitter that Jerry Raynes was in custody in Spring Valley and is being held as he faces extradition to Mississippi. He was found at Memorial Herman Hospital in The Heights, where he had been a patient for an unknown amount of time.

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It's been five days since Raynes and three others were found to have escaped from Hinds County Jail in Mississippi. Raynes, along with Dylan Arrington, Casey Grayson, and Corey Harrison, is believed to have climbed out a hole in the jail's roof.

Hours after the reported escape on Sunday, Spring Valley police found an abandoned truck partially blocking a lane under the Katy Freeway. Police traced it back to Mississippi, where the sheriff said it was stolen and believed one of the inmates had taken it.

A surveillance photo posted by the Hinds County Sheriff's Office shows Raynes at a gas station off the Katy Freeway Sunday morning at about 11 a.m. On Tuesday, ABC13 learned that the inmate was possibly in the area. When we spoke with the store clerk who interacted with him, she said he came in holding his face and asked where the nearest hospital was. She added that he was acting weird.

Sources said someone at Memorial Herman Hospital in The Heights saw the news coverage about Raynes' whereabouts and called the U.S. Marshals tip line stating they believed he was there. The marshals showed up and found Raynes in a patient room about to be discharged.

In light of Raynes' arrest, authorities did not provide an update on the remaining suspects.

Jones said he did not know if Grayson and Harrison traveled to the Houston area with Raynes. As for Arrington, authorities confirmed he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement on Wednesday morning at a Leake County home.

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