Escaped Mississippi inmate captured in Akron, Ohio

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An inmate who escaped police custody in Belzoni has been apprehended in Ohio. 

Garnett Hughes, a 33-year-old serving a life sentence on  kidnapping and sexual battery charges, escaped late last week while attending a family member’s funeral after managing to overpower guards that were accompanying him. 

On the run since last Friday, Hughes was taken into custody this morning by U.S. Marshals in Akron, according to WOIO. 

The outlet reports that Hughes was seen entering an Akron home and was arrested as he attempted to evade authorities by jumping off a balcony. Additionally, a woman at the home was arrested and charged with obstruction of official business.  

Hughes was convicted in 2014 and is serving his sentence at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility. 

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