Authorities arrest escaped Hancock County inmate in Biloxi

pochs@sunherald.com Twitter: PatrickOchsJuly 2, 2014 

BILOXI -- Authorities found escaped Hancock County inmate Perry Decedrio Thomas hiding at a residence Wednesday afternoon, Hancock County Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said.

Earlier in the day, deputies arrested six people who were believed to have helped Thomas, 28, escape jail Sunday. Sheriff Ricky Adam said information from them helped find Thomas.

"He made about six moves and different people went with him each time to make the moves," Adam said. "Once we started with one cellphone and text messages, that led to another, which led to another, which led to another. Once faced with the fact we knew they had had contact with him and were associated with him, then they started talking.

"That's what led to solving this thing."

When Thomas was tracked down at the Perry Drive home, Grannan said, he hid inside.

"He wouldn't come out so we had to come in and get him," he said. "He was arrested without incident."

Initial arrest

Thomas had been arrested Saturday on a sexual battery charge, traffic charges and a probation warrant from the state Department of Corrections and was being held without bond.

Sunday, Thomas and another inmate, Montrell Lederick McPherson, 21, scaled three fences -- two topped with razor wire -- around a recreation yard and escaped.

Chief Deputy Don Bass previously said officers found McPherson injured on the side of the road near the jail and was returned to custody.

Although McPherson didn't make it across the street to a red Pontiac driven by Rhakeena Lyons, 25, Thomas did. Lyons was later arrested near the Louisiana line, but Thomas was not with her. Two other women, Shondreka Lee, 25, and Shemeki Ray, 20, also were arrested at the time in connection to the escape.

Grannan said officials worked overtime the last three days to find Thom

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"It was a lot of hard work," he said. "I think we were averaging only two or three hours of sleep. Nobody was going home until we got this done. Some of us slept in the office until we got it done -- it was real important."

More razor wire

Because of Thomas' escape, Adam said officials plan to "change up" the fencing around the jail by adding more razor wire.

"We're going to have plenty of wire," he said.

Ricarya Smylie, 30, who Adam said hid Thomas on Perry Drive, faces a charge of harboring an escaped prisoner, as do the other six people arrested earlier Wednesday.

Adam said the investigation is could result in additional charges for Thomas.

Biloxi police and the federal marshals helped Hancock County deputies.

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