One Florida escapee in custody, cab driver assisted - - Jackson, MS

One Florida escapee in custody, cab driver assisted

Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff
Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff
Source: Sheriff Bryan Bailey Source: Sheriff Bryan Bailey
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Florida escapee, James Banks, was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, according to Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey.

He was caught at 6:30 a.m. at the 59 mile marker on I-20.

A cab company in the area received a phone call to pick someone up on the side of Hwy 80 in Pelahatchie.

The cab driver was suspicious of the call and decided to alert Rankin County police.

The Sheriff's department gave the cab driver instructions on how to handle the situation.

A deputy discreetly followed the cab driver as he drove to pick up the caller.

Banks ended up being the caller and still had a shackle on one of his ankles from his escape.

Following police instruction, the cab driver took the suspect away from any populated areas and took exit 59 off I-20 West.

He then got back onto I-20 East where Rankin County Deputies, Pelahatchie Police, and Brandon police performed a rolling roadblock on the cab and surrounded it.

Banks was then taken into custody immediately without resistance.

James Banks and another escapee, Michael Rottuno, both with extensive criminal histories, have been on the run since April 5.

The other escapee, Michael Rotunno, was spotted yesterday in Longview, Texas.

He is still driving a stolen truck out of Rankin County.

Both men escaped custody somewhere between Walton County and Leon County Florida while being transported by a private prisoner transport company to Jackson, Minnesota on criminal charges. 

They were spotted in Rankin County Monday night, around 9:24 p.m. by a Rankin County deputy on I-20 west-bound around the Pelahatchie exit. 

The two escapees ended up running from police and had been on the run since that time.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department, Pearl Police Department, Pelahatchie Police Department, MHP and area Constables have all been helping with the search.

Banks extradition hearing is Wednesday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.

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