Police still searching for inmate; Two inmates captured, one remains at large
Published 12:13 am Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Editor’s note: The article below contained incorrect information regarding the location where law enforcement officials captured Edwin Miester Jr. Miester was captured on Azalea Street in Vidalia. We regret the error and are happy to set the record straight.
NATCHEZ — Two of the three inmates who escaped separately from law enforcement custody Sunday have been captured, while one remained at large late Monday.
Two inmates serving as trusties escaped from the Adams County Jail Sunday, while an inmate at the Natchez City Jail escaped Sunday and wasn’t discovered missing until Monday morning.
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Edwin R. Miester Jr., 43, was noticed missing Monday morning when Natchez Police Department jailers conducted a count of all inmates, NPD detective Jerry Ford said.
Officials with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office and Vidalia Police Department responded to a tip Monday afternoon that Miester was hiding in a Azalea Street house in Vidalia.
The law enforcement officials found Miester hiding under the house at approximately 5:30 p.m. Miester was detained at the CPSO before being transported back to NPD.
Miester, 81 Red Loop Road Lot. No. 12, was arrested in September by the NPD for a contempt of court charge for default in payment for no driver’s license and driving under the influence first offense.
The ACSO had issued warrants for Miester’s arrest on charges of armed robbery.
Ford said Miester would receive additional charges for escaping from the jail.
Miester escaped sometime Sunday, Ford said, through a hole that was cut in the fence on the yard where inmates are allowed to occasionally spend time.
Ford said Miester was in the yard with several other inmates for a church service the jail organizes each Sunday when he escaped.
Investigators are still working to determine if Miester cut the hole in the fence or had help from someone else to cut the hole.
“We’re not entirely sure on all those details right now,” Ford said. “The jailers didn’t report him missing until (Monday) morning, so we’re not sure what happened from the time he left until the time it was reported.”
Ford said NPD officials would be investigating why the jailers didn’t notice Miester absent or didn’t report it until Monday morning.
Ford said Miester’s escape was not related to the escape of two inmates from the Adams County Jail Sunday afternoon.
In that escape, two inmates who were working as trusties ran from ACSO jailers and fled through downtown Natchez.
Dominique Williams, 20, ran from a jailer while the two were emptying trash in a Dumpster in the parking lot behind the jail. Williams was arrested for burglary and probation violation and was made a kitchen trusty a month ago.
Moments after Williams escaped, another trusty, Jonquil Jackson, 21, ran from the jailer and crew of trusties who were cutting brushes in the same parking lot. Jackson was arrested on two counts of burglary and receiving stolen property and was made a trusty with the road crew.
Jackson was apprehended Sunday afternoon.
Both inmates were spotted and reported by citizens in the downtown area and later on the railroad tracks in Duncan Park.
Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said deputies were investigating tips on Williams’ whereabouts. Deputies say they believe Williams is still in Natchez.
Mayfield said he believes Williams had planned his escape days ahead of time and had coordinated help with someone on the outside to pick him up after his escape.
“We use inmate labor for a lot of things, and unfortunately you never really know when something like this is going to happen,” Mayfield said. “You think you’re picking the best inmates who you can trust with these privileges, but you just never know.”
Williams is described as a 6-foot, 1-inch tall, 170-pound black male, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with grey and white striped pants.
Anyone with information regarding Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.