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Escaped inmates were bound for Jackson

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- Two inmates being transported by private van to southwest Minnesota escaped Monday morning and are at large, a Spencer, Iowa, radio station reported.

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. - Two inmates being transported by private van to southwest Minnesota escaped Monday morning and are at large, a Spencer, Iowa, radio station reported.

KICD reported Monday that Florida police were looking for Michael Rottuno, 30, and James Banks, 31, who escaped early Monday morning from a van owned by a private company that transports prisoners. The van was heading to Tallahassee, Fla., the report said, and both were ultimately to be delivered to the southwest Minnesota community of Jackson.
Rottuno was being transported from Longview, Texas, and Banks from Orange County, Calif, KICD added.
According to a Tuesday report by WAPT-TV in Jackson, Miss., a manhunt was underway for the men, who had been last seen in that state’s Rankin County.

“Mississippi law enforcement became involved before 9:30 p.m. Monday when deputies tried to stop a silver Honda SUV near the Interstate 20 exit for Pelahatchie,” WAPT-TV reported. “The driver of the Honda, which was later determined to be stolen, was driving erratically, deputies said.”
The driver pulled over and ran into the woods, authorities told the station. The passenger then sped off and wrecked in a ditch north the exit ramp. He, too, ran into the woods.
Banks is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 197 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue or purple muscle shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes. He has tattoos on both arms.
Rotunno’s right arm is broken and was in a cast when he escaped, authorities said. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light blue striped button-down shirt, jeans and brown leather shoes.
Both men have extensive criminal histories, WAPT-TV reported, but no additional details were provided.

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