The escaped convict staged a wild criminal activity that ended in a police chase and crashed a Porsche
The prisoner made two epic jailbreaks and committed crimes that spanned three states for two months, only to end when he crashed a stolen Porsche during a high-speed police chase in Texas.
The riots began in November when Tyler Payne, 31, and Thomas Cofer, 41, escaped from the Choctaw County Jail in Oklahoma through the roof, WBAP reported. The duo then traveled to Frisco, Texas.
Two women who were shopping had their handbags stolen by fugitives on November 14, police said. One 71-year-old woman had a bag strap around her neck and was dragged to the floor as a thief tried to take it from her, leaving her with cuts and bruises, Frisco police said.
Payne and Cofer’s luck ran out in Mississippi and they were arrested after police said Payne had stolen the car of the grandparents who were taking the child to school, according to WAPT-TV.
But that was a brief incarnation of Payne, who miraculously went missing during a prison census on Christmas Day, according to KLTV. He and another inmate, 36-year-old Treverro McElroy, escaped from Hinds County Jail in Raymond. His original partner in crime, Cofer, was not involved in the second prison break.
The wanted men made their way to a nearby church, where they stole a van and fled. According to the Hinds County Sheriff, the car was later recovered from a “body of water” in Texas.
“An eyewitness reported [white male] pushed the van into the water,” the sheriff said.
Payne returned to Frisco on January 10, where police said he stole a Cadillac SUV, then upgraded it and stole a Porsche in Dallas the same day. When several police departments tracked him down, the police began a pursuit down I-35 that ended with the sports car crashing on the highway.
The newly detained Payne is currently in a hospital in Texas, where he faces a slew of new charges, and law enforcement is also planning to extradite him to Mississippi.
McElroy, his partner in the second escape, is on the run as of Friday.
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