TBI seeks public’s help in manhunt for escapees
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 9:09 pm
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two escaped inmates from Louisiana who are believed to be in the West Tennessee area.
The last time 36-year-old Ricky Wedgeworth and 33-year-old Darian “Drake” Pierce were spotted was Tuesday evening in Jackson after a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a stolen car out of Vicksburg, Miss., near mile marker 84 along I-40 and the two escapees fled on foot.
Officers with the THP, Jackson Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Department pursued the fugitives on foot and searched for them in the Jackson area all night Tuesday and into early Wednesday with the TBI and U.S. Marshals.
The two escaped about 2 p.m. Friday from the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Compound, where they were on work detail. They allegedly stole a state-issued van which was later found near St. Francisville in Louisiana. Authorities believe they then traveled to Mississippi, where they stole the car that was recovered Tuesday night.
Wedgeworth is a Memphis native and has a criminal history out of Shelby County. He was serving time in Louisiana for a 2006 armed robbery and has an arrest record that includes theft, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.
He is described as a white male about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighing 145 pounds with reddish-brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his arms, chest and abdomen.
Pierce was serving time in Louisiana for attempted second-degree murder and has been arrested for murder as well as aggravated criminal damage to property in Louisiana.
He is described as a white male who 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and has tattooed fingers on his right hand.
The escapees are believed to have ties to Middle and West Tennessee.
Both men are considered dangerous and should be approached with caution. If they are spotted, the public should call 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463) or their nearest law enforcement agency. Published in The Messenger 3.10.11