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Escaped Inmates Still On the Loose, Spotted in Mississippi

James Thomas Banks
Posted at 3:00 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 18:18:43-04

TALLAHASSEE Fl.-- Officials are still searching for two prison inmates who escaped from a van while on their way to Tallahassee.

According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the two men, were able to make their escape while en route to a facility in Jackson, Minnesota.

Michael Rotunno 30, and James Banks 31, have been missing since early Monday.

They were last seen in central Mississippi, when deputies tried to stop a Honda Element that was driving erratically.

According to deputies it was the same vehicle stolen earlier that day from Ponce De Leon, Florida.

The two men were able to get away, running into the woods, and stealing a black truck.

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

Rutonno was being transported from Longview, Texas. Banks was on his way from Orange County, California.