Crime

Escaped prisoner captured in Saucier

By WESLEY MULLER

wmuller@sunherald.com

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SAUCIER -- Harrison County deputies arrested a prisoner Tuesday who escaped a Flowood community work center last week and made her way to Saucier.

Rebecca Nicole Pennington, 32, of Wiggins, faces a felony probation violation charge for escaping the custody of the state Department of Corrections, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Lt. Coley Judy said Pennington and another prisoner, Merry Kay Anderson, escaped the Flowood Restitution Center while they were being taken to a job interview. They were part of MDOC's work-release program.

Harrison County investigators received a tip Pennington was staying at a home on Early Wynn Drive in Saucier. When deputies found her there, she resisted arrest but was eventually apprehended by deputy Russell Holliman and his K-9 partner, Espo.

Pennington was taken to Memorial Hospital for injuries she suffered during the apprehension. Deputies then booked her into the Harrison County jail, where she remains without bond on a hold by MDOC.

It's unclear how she got to Saucier, which is about 140 miles from Flowood.

Anderson remains at large.

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