A teenager who escaped from Richland Police Tuesday morning and abandoned a stolen undercover police car in Jackson, has been captured in Attala County.
Richland Police said Albert Thompson, 16, was in custody in Attala County and that the shotgun taken from the police car was recovered in Jackson.
Kosciusko Online reports that Attala County deputies got a tip that Thompson might be at an apartment complex in the town of Ethel. When they went to investigate, they found him hiding between two mattresses. They said he was not armed and was arrested without incident.
Richland Police were planning to travel to Attala County Tuesday evening to pick him up.
The ordeal began when Thompson was being interrogated Tuesday morning at the Richland Police Department about several house burglaries. He asked for a drink of water.
"A Detective turned his back for a second, out the front door he goes, legs shackled," said Richland Police Chief Russel James. "Got in a car that should have been locked and shouldn't have had keys in it but it did, so just the perfect storm this morning."
Police believe Thompson armed himself with a police-issued shotgun in the trunk of the stolen cruiser before ditching the vehicle in a west Jackson neighborhood and fleeing on foot.
Swarms of police concentrated their search efforts on Central Street, where the gray Dodge Charger was abandoned. It is a densely populated area behind Jackson State University.
Area neighbors were warned to take all precautions.
"We'll get him back. We'll get him in custody," said James. "We'll get the shotgun back, and when he gets in custody, he'll stay in custody this time."
Thompson faces multiple felony charges.
Justin Marquis Echols, 20, is Thompson's alleged partner in crime. Echols remained behind bars in Richland facing a laundry list of charges including house burglaries in Hinds County and Rankin County.
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