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Dexter Patrick
By Paul Keane

An inmate who escaped from the South Mississippi Correctional Institute in Leakesville was captured Friday morning in State Line.

Dexter Patrick, 46, was apprehended around 7:45 a.m. Friday when a citizen in State Line found him sleeping in the citizen's boat. According to Wayne County Sheriff's Department Investigator Kevin Stevens, the citizen woke the Patrick up and then walked him out of the area and into the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections officials.

The arrest Friday morning ended a nearly 24-hour manhunt for Patrick, who escaped around noon on Thursday from a work detail in Greene County.

Patrick, a trustee of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, escaped while working a garbage detail in Greene County. He overpowered the driver of the garbage truck and stole it. According to reports, he abandoned the truck and continued traveling on foot. The driver of the truck was injured and treated at an area hospital. Patrick was reported missing at 12:09 p.m. Thursday

He is serving a 52-year sentence for six counts of armed robbery and one count of vehicle theft from Hinds, Copiah, Rankin and Madison Counties. He entered the SMCI facility in Leakesville on July 18, 2005.

Patrick was apprehended on Kennedy Street in State Line Friday morning.

Personnel from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Department of Corrections and its K-9 unit all assisted in the search for Patrick. At one point Thursday evening, it was reported that he had broken into a hunting camp and stolen some clothes, allowing him to change out of his MDOC state-issued green and white striped pants and white t-shirt.

Patrick will face additional charges for the escape attempt, along with having to serve the remainder of his 52-year sentence.
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