Correction: Scrapyard Fire-Chase story
ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — In a story Jan. 2 about a man wanted in Mississippi who was later caught in Alabama, The Associated Press erroneously used the dateline of Monroeville, Mississippi. The dateline should have been Aberdeen, Mississippi which is the seat of Monroe County, where the suspect is being held.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Man wanted in Mississippi, caught in Alabama; bond $25,000
A man wanted in Mississippi was caught when an Alabama property owner spotted the man climbing out a bathroom window of a house under renovation
ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A man wanted in Mississippi was caught when a property owner in Alabama spotted him climbing out a window of a house under renovation.
Jacob Conn, 25, remained in jail Wednesday in Monroe County, Mississippi, his bond set at $25,000 on charges including felony fleeing from law enforcement, assault on a police officer and third-offense drunken driving, according to Sheriff Cecil Cantrell of Monroe County, Mississippi.
Conn was wanted for questioning about a scrapyard fire Monday morning in Lowndes County. Monroe County deputies spotted him later that day at a gas station in Hamilton but he drove off, hitting a patrol car. Police shot out two of his tires, but the chase lasted about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) before the truck crashed in Alabama.
Cantrell said he’s sure Lowndes deputies will be questioning Conn. “He was driving a stolen truck. It was stolen out of their county,” and held equipment and tools reported stolen from businesses in Lowndes County, Cantrell said.
The sheriff did not know whether Conn has an attorney who could speak for him, or what his blood-alcohol level was when he was arrested.
Victor Bigham of Vernon, Alabama, told news agencies he went to check his property because of word that the wanted man might be in the neighborhood near the state line. He said that while deputies interviewed his aunt, he checked his own house.
“He was coming out of this window when we came around the side of the house. He had this window opened and was halfway out of it,” Bigham told WCBI-TV.
His brother, Chaseton Harrison, said he ran for police. “The rumor was he had a gun and he had been shooting at cops,” Harrison said.
Another brother, Brady Bigham, said that as he arrived, Harrison told him that their brother had the man. “I went around to help, and I wasn’t going to let him get away. I actually grabbed him with force,” he told WTVA-TV.
Victor Bigham told WCBI-TV that Conn claimed he was at his own house.
The brothers said the back door had been kicked in, and bedding and wet clothes were left in the bathroom.
The intruder also helped himself to some food, Victor Bigham said: “Pinto beans and pineapples with crackers.”