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Holmes County jail escapee on the run

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LEXINGTON, MS (WLBT) – It's been nearly a week since a Holmes County inmate escaped, and the search continues for Bruce Harrell.

It's not his first taste of freedom, but the second time in recent weeks that Harrell has fled custody.

Sometime Thursday June 10th Bruce Harrell left his Holmes County jail cell and began his most recent flight from justice.

Sheriff Willie March said the Durant resident, charged with three counts of arson, was awaiting trial on arson charges.

Jailers thought Harrell was asleep in his bunk.

"It was not Bruce. It was a dummy he made up. Inmates have two sets of uniforms. He took one of the uniforms, he used his sheet and his pillows and just made a dummy to look like him," said Marc

The sheriff believes the 42 year old escaped through an air conditioning vent in his cell and had someone to pick him up on the road.

This is not his first escape.

"He escaped from Carroll County and also I think he was in Jackson on a work detail. He also escaped from the work center work detail and he also escaped from the Durant jail and also escaped from the Holmes County jail twice," said the Sheriff.

March said Harrell escaped previously and was found in Louisiana.

He was behind bars accused of burning businesses in Durant.

Investigators said he targeted businesses that he had a grudge against.

"I don't think $200.00 is worth him burning my business down," said Durant business owner Pete Snell.

Harrell is charged with burning Snell's wrecker service on July 19th of last year.

Snell said Harrell and his family live near his business, and Harrell owed him money for a wrecker fee.

"It was fire from the back of the shop to the front. I had to put this back by myself, and it burned every piece of equipment that we had," said Snell.

Snell said whoever set the fire also stole a car that was in the shop.

He also had no insurance and had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars rebuilding the business he opened in 1976.

While Harrell is on the run Snell has concerns about the escape.

"They have yet to pick up the phone to tell me he's escaped either the first time or the second time," added Snell.

The U.S. Marshals Service is also assisting in the search.

If you have seen Bruce Harrell please call the Holmes County Sheriff's Department at 662-834-1511.

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