UPDATED: Suspect captured


Tallahatchie County Sheriff Jimmy Fly said Saturday morning that local officials had captured a man wanted in Quitman County on burglary and grand larceny charges.

Fly said Dalton D. Pruitt (pictured), 25, of 414 Darby Ave., Lambert, was apprehended at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday on Highway 35 north of Charleston, near Booker Road. 

He had been sought locally since escaping from a Tallahatchie County sheriff's deputy who was trying to take him into custody shortly after 9:30 Friday morning near the Paducah Wells Fire Department on Paducah Wells Road northwest of Charleston.

Fly said the deputy was responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked there. The driver of the black 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup, William Polk, 22, of 284 Government Road, Brazil, told the deputy that he had run out of gas. When the deputy asked the identity of the passenger, he recognized Pruitt's name.

The deputy approached Pruitt and began to take him into custody.

"He had one hand cuffed and he was cuffing the other when Pruitt turned and ran," said Fly.

Fly said the man, wearing a black jacket and Army-type green camouflage pants, fled in a northerly direction.

A K-9 unit from the Panola County Sheriff's Office and investigators from Quitman County came to the scene and tracked the man approximately 2½ miles north of the road, Fly noted.

"They got in a swampy area and lost the trail," he added.

Fly said Pruitt, who faces charges of resisting arrest and failure to comply with a law enforcement officer in Tallahatchie County, is also considered a person of interest in some burglaries that have occurred in the Teasdale area of Tallahatchie County.

Fly said he appreciated the assistance of the officials from Panola and Quitman counties.

(Photo provided by the Tallahatchie County Sheriff's Office)