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Mississippi fugitives caught in Knox County Kentucky

From The Knox County Ky Sheriff's Department -

Sheriff Mike Smith received information on Thursday October 17, 2019 through local resources, that two fugitives wanted out of Mississippi in felony assault and firearms offenses were staying in the Girdler area.


Sheriff Smith and deputies initiated an immediate response, verifying that the vehicle both suspects were traveling in was located at a residence in the Girdler.


Surveillance of the residence allowed deputies, and Sheriff Smith to initiate a controlled, felony traffic stop on the vehicle, a blue Chrysler 200 after it left the residence. Upon removing occupants from the vehicle, both wanted suspects were detained and arrested.

The firearm suspected of being used in the subject crimes in Mississippi was located in the passenger floor board of the car and seized, along with the car for Mississippi authorities.

Lodged in the Knox County Jail awaiting extradition were:

30 year old Joelrod Hughes of Enterprise MS and 43 year old Tessa Emmons with a current address of Girdler, Ky.

The charges stem from an investigation in Mississippi in which Emmons reportedly assaulted an individual and Hughes subsequently possessed and discharged a firearm at the individual prior to traveling to KY.


Both have fugitive charges with Hughes also facing a possession of a handgun by a convicted felon charge. The two will remain lodged in Kentucky pending extradition proceedings.


Acting in the location and arrest were: Sheriff Mike Smith SGT. Carl Frith Deputies Elijah Broughton Mike Broughton Pat Clouse Steve Owens


Assistance and information was also provided by local resources not being released for security reasons.

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