Homicide suspect on the run after escape from Pascagoula hospital, sheriff says

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A Meridian murder suspect who escaped custody Friday while hospitalized in Pascagoula still had on leg shackles when he took off, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Aceon Ja’shun Hopkins, 20, managed to slip away in his hospital gown shortly after a Jackson sheriff’s deputy assigned to guard him took off his handcuffs so he could go to the restroom in his room at Singing River Hospital.

The escape happened around 6:15 a.m. Friday.

“In the video, he still had the leg irons on when he left the hospital,” Ezell said Friday.

A short time later, deputies said camera footage from a nearby hotel captured Hopkins taking off his hospital gown to put on a black hoodie and to wrap a blanket with a Fleur-de-lis emblem on it around his waist.

Hopkins had gotten the clothes out of an unlocked car, the sheriff said, and took off from there with the shackles still wrapped around his ankles.

Hopkins had been hospitalized for about two weeks after someone allegedly shot him during a run-in in Moss Point, Ezell said.

Moss Point police later told sheriff’s deputies they had no pending charges against Hopkins.

The Sheriff’s Department kept Hopkins in custody because Meridian police had been searching for him as a suspect in a double homicide there.

Hopkins is considered armed and dangerous.

Now under investigation is how the deputy assigned to guard Hopkins didn’t see him leave the hospital room to escape.

“We don’t what happened, but we are conducting an internal investigation,” Ezell said. “But I’m the sheriff, so ultimately it’s my responsibility.”

Hopkins is 6-feet-tall and 185 pounds.

To report information, call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 228-769-3063 or Mississippi Coast Crimestoppers at 877-787-5898.

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