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Hinds County Sheriff: Escaped juvenile detained, 2 still on the run

Robert Earl Smith
Robert Earl Smith (photo courtesy of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office)

One juvenile of the three who escaped a youth detention center in Jackson has been captured while the other two remain at large.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones has confirmed that 16-year-old Robert Earl Smith, who broke out of the Henley-Young-Patton Juvenile Justice Center on Tuesday, June 27, was taken into custody in Yazoo City on Monday.

Smith is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the January death of William Doug Wood.

Smith, alongside 17-year-old Tayshom Holmes and 15-year-old Jashon Jones, injured another detainee and a guard in the process of escaping the detention facility.

The sheriff says deputies are continuing to search for the other two escapees.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the escaped teenagers is asked to call (601) 352-1521.

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