On August 24, 2017, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, along with the Drug Task Force, arrested Dustin Hunter Rushing, 22, a resident of Roxie, Mississippi, and James Anthony Williams, 26, a resident of Greenwood, Mississippi. Both men were booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of being fugitives from the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The men will be held without bond awaiting extradition to the State of Mississippi.
Rushing and Williams escaped from a restitution center operated by the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Mississippi restitution centers are a work release type of program which allows inmates to work outside of the facility and earn money to provide restitution to victims.
Mississippi authorities notified the Sheriff’s Office that the men likely were headed to Bogalusa to obtain a money order being sent to them at Wal-Mart from a person in Mississippi. Officers staked out the business and observed the two men enter. While the men were at the service counter, officers entered the store and took them into custody without incident. Meanwhile, Mississippi authorities have identified the person who sent the money order to the two men and will take appropriate action there.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is yet another example of the fine cooperation we have with law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. The knuckleheads apparently haven’t figured this out. It takes only seconds for information to be transmitted from one jurisdiction to another. Once we receive information from another agency that involves Washington Parish, we act quickly. In this matter, everything fell into place just as predicted, our fine officers arrested the fugitives and the fugitives went to jail. I appreciate the Bogalusa Police Department securing the immediate area around Wal-Mart during this operation.”