Escaped inmates in Mississippi captured

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RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – UPDATE 7/10/2019 11:00 a.m. – The Mississippi Department of Corrections says Christopher High is now in custody as well.

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UPDATE 7/10/2019 10:45 a.m. – One of two escapees from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County is now in custody.

Jonathan Blankenship, 31, has been captured. Blankenship escaped with Christopher Benson High, 28. High is still at large.

Christopher High

Blankenship has been serving five years for aggravated assault on a police officer and conspiracy to commit a crime in Alcorn County.

High received 12 years for burglary larceny of an unoccupied dwelling in Carroll County.

How the men escaped has not yet been released.

Jonathan Blankenship

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7-8-2019 – Law enforcement agencies are actively searching for two escaped convicts in the area of Pearson Road, south of I-20 in Rankin County.

They received a tip that Jonathan Blankenship and Christopher High might be in the area. The two men escaped from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility on Friday, July 5. They are considered armed and dangerous.

Law enforcement agencies are urging the public to report any sightings or information to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at 601-987-1530, MDOC at 601-745-6611, or Crimestoppers at 601-355- TIPS(8477).

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