Wanted man escaped Jackson County patrol car, sheriff says

Charles Mott
Charles Mott

A man escaped a Jackson County patrol car while deputies searched a home after taking him into custody, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Charles Mott, 34, of Lucedale, was last seen driving north toward Big Point in a stolen vehicle, Ezell said.

The sheriff’s office had been trying to serve a warrant on Mott, and deputies got a tip he had a stolen truck at an address on Coda Road in Helena. Deputies took him into custody and placed him in a patrol car, Ezell said.

Deputies were searching the home when he somehow escaped, Ezell said. A short time later, he stole a 1999 Ford Expedition.

Ezell said officials would conduct an internal investigation into how Mott was able to escape.

A second man Jackson County deputies tried to serve a warrant on was also able to flee, but this time before being taken into custody.

Brandon Parnell of Vancleave has since been apprehended.

Deputies went to Goff Road in the Wade community to serve a probation-violation warrant on Parnell. He was also wanted on a Jackson County indictment for receiving stolen property. When Parnell saw deputies he ran out of the house.

Anyone who sees Mott is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 228-769-3065 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Regina Zilbermints: 228-896-2340, @RZilbermints