Escaped inmate captured in Horn Lake

HORN LAKE, MS (WMC) - An escaped inmate from Coahoma County was captured in Horn Lake, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department.

Marquis Stevenson, who was one of four inmates to escape from Coahoma County Jail in August, was captured around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

After weeks on the run, DeSoto County deputies, Horn Lake police, and U.S. Marshals got a tip that Stevenson was in the DeSoto Village area off Goodman Road.

With the K-9 unit leading the way, officers started what would turn out to be a six-hour search.

"It didn't scare me as bad as when the SWAT team came into my store," Shanna Pafford, owner of Horn Lake Wine and Spirits, said.

Pafford says officers came into her store looking for Stevenson--neighborhood streets were blocked off.

Stevenson, who was in jail with both murder and rape charges, was eventually taken into custody behind a home in Horn Lake, leaving the local residents still in shock, but relieved.

"We live in a good area. There are crazy people everywhere," Pafford said.

Earlier Tuesday, students were not allowed to leave Horn Lake schools after Stevenson was spotted in the area.

At 3:18 p.m., DeSoto County Sheriff's Department gave the 'all clear' to Horn Lake schools.

DeSoto County Schools released the following statement on the matter:

The Horn Lake Police Department is searching for a fugitive in DeSoto Village.  As a result, all walkers at all Horn Lake schools will be kept at school until we receive clearance, and all buses to DeSoto Village will be delayed until the situation is resolved.  Car riders were at Horn Lake schools were dismissed at their regular time. Phone calls were sent to Horn Lake parents in advance and parents will be updated when we receive more information from the Horn Lake Police Department.

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