After responding to a burglary in progress this morning (February 25, 2017), Walthall County Sheriff Office deputies took two into custody: Melvin Swanigan and Elisha McKenzie. While interviewing the victim, deputies realized that the McKenzie had kicked out the back window on a patrol car and escaped on foot into the nearby wood line. Investigator Jerry Martin found McKenzie, who had freed herself from the handcuffs, walking down the road not too far from where the burglary took place.
McKenzie was charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Felony Escape, Conspiracy to Commit A Crime, Destruction of Government Property, Petty Larceny, and Trespassing.
"Good job to the deputies and investigators for making a quick arrest on the burglary and as well getting the escaped female back into custody, too many times people escape and aren't apprehended until months later which allows them to possibly commit several other crimes. Thankful for the good teamwork that we have at WCSO" - Sheriff K. Breland