The Mississippi Highway Patrol released a statement Saturday on how one of two robbery suspects in Jackson County was apprehended after a six hour search in the swamp.
"Members of the Mississippi Highway Patrol's Special Operations Group apprehended bank robbery suspect, Donald Olin Landry, 38, of Fort Myers, Florida, after a six-hour manhunt in a wooded area of Jackson County," said Warren Strain, Public Affairs Director for the MS. Department of Public Safety.
The release went on to say Landry's wife, Heather M. Landrum, 38, was also arrested shortly after the bank robbery by Gautier police officers. Landry and Landrum were charged with the robbery of The First Bank Friday morning shortly after it opened at 9 a. m.
The manhunt was focused near the intersection of MS 63 and I-10. The couple left the bank in a green Dodge van and was pulled over on I-10. Landry fled into the woods on foot and Landrum was arrested where the vehicle was stopped.
Six members of MHP's Special Operations Group (SOG) and three Jackson County deputies conducted an exhaustive search in the south Mississippi heat and found Landrum about 4:15 p.m. Landry was taken into custody without incident.
The Special Operations Group's Track Team has undergone specialized training in tracking and search techniques. The unit used that skill set to find and apprehend Landry.
"We strictly relied on our training, which led us directly to Mr. Landry's location," SOG member M/Sgt. Marty Davis said.
Landry and Landrum were held in the city's detention center awaiting their initial court appearance.
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