Lockdown lifted after inmate apprehended in area of DeSoto schools

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Officers in DeSoto County apprehended inmate Elijah Crady after he tried to run away from his work detail at a cemetery Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Credit: DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office.

DeSoto County schools went under a brief lockdown after an inmate on work detail tried to escape in Arcadia.

Inmate Elijah Crady, 38, was apprehended by deputies and police Wednesday after he ran away from his assigned job at Oak Ridge Cemetery, which is in the area of West Elementary School.

According to DCSO Facebook post, officers with Arcadia Police Department and DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office had a perimeter established within minutes of receiving a 911 call about Crady’s attempted escape.

Crady attempted to steal two occupied vehicles while fleeing from law enforcement. He was found in the wooded area near Highway 17 and NE Fiveash Street. After a short scuffle, he was taken into custody and then transported to DeSoto Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Crady will face several new felony charges due to his actions. He was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2000 for second-degree murder and armed burglary that took place in 1998.

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