Harrison County inmate who walked off work detail is back in custody

A K-9 bit escaped inmate worker Delbert Thomas Ervin III during his capture in the Lizana community in Harrison County, Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

Ervin had walked off from a work detail at St. Ann Catholic Church, located on Mississippi 53, on Thursday.

A K-9 team captured Ervin about 6:30 p.m. Thursday It appeared he was walking in circles around the area where he disappeared, Peterson said. Ervin had last been seen around Mississippi 53 and Saucier-Lizana Road about four hours earlier on Thursday.

He was on a work detail to help clean the St. Ann kitchen and take out trash during the church's annual catfish festival, Peterson said.

Ervin was taken to a hospital for treatment of a dog bite before being booked at the county jail on an escape charge with a $50,000 bond.

He was serving time as an inmate worker after a conviction on grand larceny from an arrest by Biloxi Police in 2016, the county jail docket shows. Ervin was released on probation July 5, 2017. Gautier police arrested him on misdemeanor charges, including possession of marijuana, in October 2017.

Ervin was jailed in Harrison County on March 1 to serve time on the grand larceny conviction. He was considered a low-level offender — nonviolent — and assigned to a work detail through the Harrison County jail, Peterson said.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews