Escapee caught after 2 days on the run
Michael Glenn Mays, three others arrested late Friday
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Henry Turner escorts jail escapee Michael G. Mays back into Hopkins county jail Friday evening. Hopkins and Wood County authorities had been looking for Mays and his girlfriend Shanda Simmons, who helped the inmate escape Wednesday afternoon. Both were apprehended in the Clear Lake community of Quitman late Friday.
Staff Photo By Faith Huffman

June 26, 2004 -- After a rough week, Hopkins County Sheriff's officers finally found something to celebrate Friday evening when jail escapee Michael Glenn Mays, his accomplice and two other men were apprehended in Wood County.

"This has been a tedious task for us the past few days," HCSO Investigator Henry Turner said Friday, following Mays; return to Hopkins County jail. "This becomes a personal thing for us when an inmate walks in this kind of deal. It's kind of a blemish on the sheriff's office, and his capture and bringing him back is a matter of pride and brings some pride back with us. It says if you manage to escape we will find you and bring you back."

Sheriff's investigators and deputies from Hopkins and Wood counties and local narcotics investigators took Mays in custody shortly after 6 p.m. Friday at a residence in the Clear Lake community of Quitman, where both he and the 21-year-old woman believed to have assisted him in his escape were hiding.

"A little over an hour ago we were able to move in on a residence in Quitman," Turner said at 7:45 p.m. Friday. "I was able to give the good news to the sheriff when he called just a little bit ago. This has been a rough week for us here and it has been my goal, which I said in the first interview about the escape with the media, to have him back in our jail by the weekend. In reality, we had luck on our side with that and help from other agencies, we were able to bring this about."

The 35-year-old inmate was being held at Hopkins County jail on a felony possession and transport of a chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance conviction and, was working as a trusty when he walked away from the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday afternoon.

The Holly Lake man's girlfriend, 21-year-old Shanda Gail Simmons of Yantis, was seen nearby in a "teal green or turquoise-colored 1990 to 1993 Honda Accord," which she was believed to have picked Mays up in and used to help facilitate his escape.

Immediately after the escape was discovered, Turner said, the entire jail was placed under lock-down.

"There was a lock-down implemented and a head count started," Turner said. "After the head-count was done, the inmate that walked off was the only one that was missing."

Mays and Simmons were believed to have gotten a 30 minute jump on sheriff's officers, who worked with Wood County officials in their search for the pair who were spotted later Wednesday at the Wood County residence of Simmon's grandmother. Mays was reported to be still in jail issued green t-shirt but had already changed into blue jeans.

The information about Mays' escape was released around 5 p.m. Wednesday, and a warrant for Mays arrest on the escape charge signed by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup Thursday morning.

Deputies continued their search of Hopkins and neighboring counties, going as far out a Point in their attempts to locate Mays Wednesday and Thursday, according to Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams.

Information led deputies to Quitman late Friday afternoon, where they spoke with people who, after extensive discussion with officers, gave information tha t lead to the apprehension of Mays and Simmons at the Clear Lake house. The pair and two other men, Christopher Kraeger and Larry Miller, were transported to Wood County jail. Kraeger and Miller were held on possession of controlled substance charges, while Mays and Simmons were released into custody of Hopkins County deputies and returned to Hopkins County jail, according to Wood County jail officials. Turner said all four were still under investigation, and that there was a potential for further arrests in connection with them and the incident.

Mays added the felony escape to his list of charges, which include two controlled substance charges and a Gregg County violation of probation warrant related to a driving while intoxicated charge, according to Hopkins County jail records. The subsequent charge could add 10-15 years to the 7-year sentence he was ordered to serve on the transport of controlled substance conviction, according to court records.

Simmons was being held early Saturday morning at Hopkins County jail on a third-degree felony warrant for hindering apprehension or prosecution of jail escapee Michael Glenn Mays.

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