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Woman found in shop building, then suspect steals patrol car
by Mark Boehler
Mar 26, 2017 | 10413 views | 1 1 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 30-year-old Benton County woman faces three felony charges after sheriff's deputies found her in a shop building near Kossuth, and the suspect then tried to flee the scene in a patrol car.

Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell told the Daily Corinthian the suspect was Kati Bryant. She was being held in the Alcorn County Jail on Monday with no bond set, said the sheriff.

In a bizarre turn of events, the handcuffed suspect broke through the back seat cage of the patrol car, gained access to the front seat, and drove off before crashing the vehicle, said Caldwell.

The three felony charges are grand larceny - taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault and malicious mischief. Bryant also faces four misdemeanor charges, including trespassing, disorderly conduct - failure to comply, resisting arrest and DUI.

Deputies were responding about 7 p.m. Saturday to a suspicious vehicle parked at a shop building at Alcorn County Road 516 near Kossuth, said Caldwell.

Two deputies and the shop owner confronted Bryant inside the building and she resisted arrest, said the sheriff.

"When officers placed the suspect in the patrol car, she was handcuffed behind her back," said Caldwell. "While deputies were checking out her vehicle, she broke through the vehicle cage."

The suspect drove through a field, struck another patrol car, then crashed the vehicle into a tree, causing severe damage, said the sheriff. The second unit had minor damage.

The suspect was captured a second time from the wrecked vehicle, he said.

Caldwell commended the shop building owner and sheriff's deputies Tim Boggs and James Bradley for their efforts in capturing the suspect and doing so without anyone getting hurt.
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March 27, 2017
I know it would inconvenience to remove the keys. But it would help stop some of the these criminals from getting away. Use better judgement that all we are asking