Escaped Mississippi inmate captured in Hattiesburg

Santee Fate, 36, of Hattiesburg escaped Monday morning from Municipal Court, where he was making an initial court appearance for charges of assault on a police officer and possession of drugs and a weapon. He was captured less than two hours later. Lici Beveridge/Hattiesburg American

An escaped inmate who was last seen Friday in Pike County was taken into custody Wednesday in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg police officers assisted Mississippi Department of Corrections and U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force agents in apprehending 55-year-old Charles Willis.

Charles Willis (Photo: Courtesy of HPD)

Willis was taken into custody at Park Pine Apartments off William Carey Parkway just before 1:30 a.m., Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said.

Willis was sentenced March 18 to 35 years in prison for controlled substance trafficking and fleeing law enforcement in Walthall County.

Circumstances surrounding the last time the inmate was seen are under investigation, Mississippi Department of Corrections officials said in a news release.

Willis now faces an additional five years in prison for the escape.

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