The Sun Herald - - Front Page - BY ROBIN FITZGER­ALD rfitzger­ald@sun­her­ Robin Fitzger­ald, 228-896-2307, @robin­crime­news

Justin Fu­cich was on the lam a lit­tle more than an hour be­fore he was cap­tured.


A hand­cuffed man wear­ing an or­ange jail jump­suit faced only mis­de­meanor charges un­til he fled from po­lice af­ter a hear­ing in mu­nic­i­pal court, of­fi­cials said.

He was cap­tured in less than two hours and ar­rested on two felony charges, which carry po­ten­tial prison time.

“So there you are, fac­ing mis­de­meanors and the court would prob­a­bly let you out to­day, and then you es­cape — and then you get a felony,” Sher­iff Ricky Adam said.

Po­lice trans­port of­fi­cers were tak­ing Justin Fu­cich from city court on Main Street to the Han­cock County jail with other pris­on­ers when he es­caped un­de­tected Fri­day, Po­lice Chief Gary Pon­thieux Jr. said in a press re­lease.

News of his es­cape led to a lock­down at nearby schools, court of­fices and some other build­ings, the sher­iff said. Of­fi­cers be­lieved the 35-year-old man was hid­ing in woods be­hind Han­cock Med­i­cal Cen­ter, he said.

Bay High School is north­east of the hos­pi­tal area and North Bay El­e­men­tary is be­hind the high school.

A caller soon told the po­lice de­part­ment an in­mate was run­ning near the Third Base Lounge on U.S. 90.

He was found less than half a mile from city court at about 1:17 p.m. in a va­cant busi­ness build­ing at 621 Blue Meadow Road, Pon­thieux said. Fu­cich is ac­cused of forc­ing his way in­side the build­ing.

Po­lice ar­rested Fu­cich on two felonies, one count each of es­cape and com­mer­cial bur­glary.

Fu­cich has been held with no bond at the Han­cock County jail since his ar­rest on mis­de­meanors Oct. 31.

He was taken to city court Fri­day to face two counts of con­tempt of court and one of re­sist­ing ar­rest, all mis­de­meanors, Adam said.

It’s his 17th time to be locked up there since Oc­to­ber 2013, the jail docket shows. His pre­vi­ous charges also were mis­de­meanors.

Justin Fu­cich

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