Escaped Hernando County inmate captured

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Escaped inmate Joshua Holmes, 35, has been taken into custody after escaping from a work detail at the Hernando landfill. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office assisted Hernando deputies in the search for Holmes. PHOTO: Hernando County Sheriff's Office on August 17, 2017).

Escaped inmate Joshua Holmes, 35, has been taken into custody after escaping from a work detail at the Hernando landfill. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office assisted Hernando deputies in the search for Holmes. PHOTO: Hernando County Sheriff's Office on August 17, 2017).

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today announced that the inmate that CCSO was helping Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) find has been found and arrested.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said shortly before 10 a.m. today that Joshua Holmes, 35, was found by HCSO deputies in Masaryktown near U.S. 41.

Holmes had been was on a work detail at the Northwest Solid Waste Management Facility (landfill) located on Norris Bishop Loop at the time of his escape. He eluded law enforcement on Monday, and is believed to have stolen a blue 1971 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck from a Brooksville resident and got away after crashing through the truck owner's fence.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) said that just before 9 a.m., operators in the Emergency Communications Center at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a resident on Jenkins Avenue in Masaryktown, reporting a suspicious person.

The caller said a man, whom she believed was the escaped inmate Joshua Holmes, was on the back porch of a home on Jenkins Avenue.

Deputies were dispatched immediately.

Upon arrival, deputies saw someone on the roof of the residence, and he jumped off the roof and fled into a wooded area. Deputies gave chase, losing sight of the man. The HCSO said  K-9 teams and the Aviation Unit were dispatched to the scene while deputies secured a perimeter in the area.

During this time, units on scene received information from residents that the man was, in fact, escaped inmate Joshua Holmes. Holmes had ties to the neighborhood, and residents were familiar with him. Not long after the initial sighting, a Text-2-911 call was received in the Emergency Communications Center from a resident on Grand Avenue in Masaryktown. The text message stated that Holmes was at the address on Grand Avenue.

Numerous deputies responded to the address.

Upon arrival, Sergeant Tom Brooks saw a woman (clearly in fear) and two small children fleeing from the residence, the HCSO said. The woman and her children were removed to a safe location by another deputy while Sergeant Brooks and other deputies secured the residence. A search of the residence showed no trace of Holmes, but having arrived on scene first, Sergeant Tom Brooks believed Holmes did not have time to flee from the residence, and was probably hiding in the attic.

Brooks and other units made entry into the attic and found Holmes hiding there. When deputies engaged Holmes, he refused to comply with lawful commands and continued to evade them -- inside the attic. During this time, Holmes fell through the attic/ceiling into the house. He then jumped out a window, where deputies awaited his arrival.

Holmes was immediately taken into custody.

Holmes was treated on scene by Hernando County Fire/Rescue for injuries he received from falling through the ceiling and jumping out of the window. He was then transported to a local hospital for additional treatment.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis thanked all agencies and personnel who assisted in the search and capture of Holmes, to include the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Corrections, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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