The Latest on the prisoner who escaped from a jail in western Mississippi

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11:00 A.M.

A handful of schools in western Mississippi are on lockdown as authorities search for a capital murder suspect who escaped from a Vicksburg jail.

The Vicksburg-Warren School District has place several schools in the search area on lockdown.

Police say 33-year-old Rafael McCloud escaped from the Warren County jail in Vicksburg early Wednesday. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said between 25 and 30 officers are involved in the search along with multiple units from the county sheriff's department.

Armstrong says police are concentration the search in along Martin Luther King Boulevard and area where McCloud previously lived.

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10:35 a.m.

Authorities in Mississippi are searching for a capital murder suspect who escaped from a county jail and is considered armed and dangerous. Multiple news outlets report that 33-year-old Rafael McCloud escaped from the Warren County jail early Wednesday.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says McCloud briefly took a jail employee hostage and forced the hostage to give McCloud his clothes.

The sheriff says McCloud also took a radio and keys. Both items were recovered later on the grounds of the jail.

Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong tells The Associated Press between 25 and 30 officers are involved in the search along with multiple units from the sheriff's department.

He says the search is centered about ½ mile northeast of the jail.