Manhunt

Florida escapee caught in Mississippi; fellow prisoner on the run

Michael Rotunno, left, and James Banks.

Michael Rotunno, left, and James Banks.  (Holmes County Sheriff's Office)

One of two escaped Florida inmates has been captured in Mississippi.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells WAPT TV 28-year-old James Thomas Banks was arrested early Wednesday morning. Details about the arrest were not immediately available.

Authorities say Banks and 30-year-old Michael Andrew Rotunno escaped from a prison van Monday morning between Walton and Leon counties in Florida. The van was headed from Florida to Minnesota.

Authorities tell WAPT Rotunno was spotted checking into a hotel in Longview, Texas, Tuesday night.

Investigators believe Rotunno is traveling in a black pickup that was stolen in Rankin County.

Rotunno is charged with larceny in a building and delivering and manufacturing narcotics. Banks faces charges of unarmed robbery and escaping from jail.