Escaped Shelby County inmate captured after stealing county vehicle from penal farm

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies capture escaped inmate

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies have captured an escaped inmate who’s accused of running from the penal farm Tuesday afternoon in a county vehicle.

According to the Shelby County Division of Corrections, 41-year-old Samuel Bridges stole a Corrections employee’s 2014 white Ford E-350 cargo van while at a work site around 2 p.m.

SCDC says Bridges hit the employee with the van as he drove away. The employee was not seriously injured.

Meanwhile, agents with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force helped local authorities with Bridges' capture.

Escaped Shelby County inmate captured after stealing county vehicle from penal farm

WMC Action News 5 looked through Bridges' background and learned he is no stranger to the prison system.

In 2016, he was arrested after a woman said he was a friend of her boyfriend's and helping her move a mattress. She said he took off in her vehicle along with her 60-inch TV and her purse.

And in 2014, Bridges was with another man when they broke into a woman's home, burglarizing it.

Bridges was less than two months into a two-year sentence for property theft when he escaped Tuesday.

We’re still working to learn what new charges he could face after this escape.

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