COAHOMA CO., MS (WMC) - Four inmates escaped Coahoma County Jail on Friday morning.
Coahoma County Sheriff's Office confirmed the inmates were reported missing at 1:35 a.m. following a routine check inside the jail.
The escaped inmates have criminal charges of murder, rape, assault, and burglary. All neighboring law enforcement agencies have been alerted and are actively searching for the escapees.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any of the suspects. Call 662-645-9300 if you have any information that can help.
The escaped inmates are Marquis Stevenson, Cordarius Thomas, Percy Bryant, and LeAndrew Booker.
Stevenson (whose last known residence was on Coker Avenue in Jonestown, Mississippi) was recently arrested and charged with statutory rape. He was out of jail on bond for a murder charge when he was arrested.
Thomas (whose last known residence was on Lynn Street in Clarksdale, Mississippi) was behind bars for residential burglary and simple assault.
Bryant (whose last known residence was on Mockingbird Lane in Clarksdale, Mississippi) was behind bars for aggravated assault.
Booker (whose last known residence was on Cherry Street in Clarksdale, Mississippi) was behind bars for burglary.
Nearby businesses said deputies went door to door looking for any clues.
"I actually had an officer come in and we like played back the cameras to see if they came through in our parking lot," said Kendal Moore, who works nearby.
Deputies didn't catch anything on Moore's cameras, but they said the four could have gone another way.
Moore worried they might still be in the area, especially since it's a busy time for the town.
Friday was the first day of Clarksdale's Sunflower Blues and Gospel Festival, which is set to last the entire weekend.
"With the festival here, that's just horrible," Moore said.
"It's very concerning because I do have a small child at home and we have our festival going on this weekend, and we're going to have a lot of tourists downtown," said Crystal McDaniel, who lives nearby.
However, those attending said seeing a heavier law enforcement presence in town relieved the fears they may have had.
Deputies said they contacted surrounding agencies during their active search for the four accused criminals.
If you spot any of those men, do not approach them. Call law enforcement immediately.