Inmate who escaped during Hattiesburg court appearance back in custody

Fate Santee (Photo: Hattiesburg Police)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WJTV) — An inmate who was in court for his initial appearance in Hattiesburg is back in custody.

Hattiesburg Police said Fate Santee escaped custody Monday morning in an orange and white jumpsuit. He was still in shackles.

Authorities said Santee, was recently charged with assault on a police officer.

We’re told he is also a convicted felon.

Officers arrested Santee near Main Street and 7th Avenue.

We spoke to a witness who said the inmate was in his backyard.

“It’s just you don’t wake up to that every morning, not in your backyard,” said Robert McDougal.

McDougal says he was in his bathroom when he heard his dogs barking.

“So when they were barking, just constantly barking and barking and barking; I said let me look out this window and that’s when I looked out and seen all these uniforms out there, but I couldn’t t tell who that was on the ground.”

Lt. Latosha Myers Mitchell with the Hattiesburg Police Department says they were given tips of his location.

“We were able to come here on 7th Street and locate Mr. Santee,” she said. “We were able to locate him without incident.”

Santee was taken to Forrest General Hospital after being taken into custody for a medical treatment. Authorities say he seemed “out of it”

Santee, a convicted felon, was charged Friday with simple assault on a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a felon. But now he faces more charges – escape and felony eluding.

Lt. Myers Mitchell says his girlfriend, Diamond Kidd, gave him a ride from municipal court.

“She could come up with the charges of assisting or aiding a felon.”

She is currently booked in the Forrest County Jail.

The Hattiesburg Police Department is conducting a criminal and internal investigation to find out how Santee was able to escape under supervision.

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