Jackson County

After 2 nights of ‘mosquito sandwiches,’ sheriff says man wanted in pickax robbery arrested

Anthony Lee Smith is arrested by Jackson County deputies after eluding police for more than 36 hours.
Anthony Lee Smith is arrested by Jackson County deputies after eluding police for more than 36 hours. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

A man Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says robbed a home with a pickax was arrested Saturday after a two-day search.

Anthony Lee Smith, 36, was arrested near O’Neal Road in Vancleave on a charge of felony home invasion.

Jackson County Capt. Curtis Spiers said Smith may be facing additional felony charges.

He said Smith was treated at the scene by medical services.

“He checked out OK, but he’s dehydrated and we need to get some food in him,” Spiers said. “He’s pretty badly skinned up from crawling around in a briar patch.”

Smith had eluded law enforcement for about 36 hours before his arrest.

“We’ve been looking for him since early Friday morning and we would get reports from people that had spotted him,” Ezell said. “Well, on Saturday, he stuck his head up a couple of times and that last time he popped out, we were a little closer than he realized.”

Ezell said Smith surrendered peacefully to police.

“I guess after being out there and eating mosquito sandwiches for a couple of nights, he was ready to go,” Ezell said.

Ezell said Smith forced his way into an occupied home on Wire Road in Vancleave about 1:30 a.m Friday.

The owners of the home, Ezell said, heard two loud noises and found Smith in their home with a pickax.

The homeowners were not injured during the break-in.

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