California inmate on the run after escaping custody at Clayton County gas station
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate who was being brought to Georgia from Fresno, California.
Officials tell FOX 5 the inmate is on the run after getting away from detectives at a Clayton County QuikTrip gas station.
According to investigators, two deputies stopped at the gas station to get something to eat while transporting the Devonte Detuan Ross from Fresno, California to Jackson, Georgia.
While at the QuikTrip on Riverdale Road, Ross jumped out of the car and ran.
Devonte Detuan Ross (Clayton County Sheriff's Office)
Officials say Ross was charged with burglary, trafficking narcotics, and a probation violation.
The escaped inmate is described as being 5 feet tall with a weight of 135 pounds. He has tattoos on his face and neck.
Ross should be cuffed in the front with waist chains and was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and black shoes with orange stripes.
Officials say they believe Ross is very familiar with the area and could have friends nearby.
The escape placed multiple Clayton County schools in soft lockdown for students and staff until further notice. Officials say the schools affected are North Clayton High School, North Clayton Middle School, Northcutt Elementary School, Oliver Elementary School and, West Clayton Elementary School.
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The escape comes less than 24 hours after a murder suspect from Arizona escaped from deputies near the Atlanta airport.
Just after midnight on Friday morning, both sheriff's offices for Fulton and Clayton counties reported 20-year-old J'Saan Strover had been taken back into custody.
If you see Ross, do not approach him and call 911 immediately. If you live and work in the area, you should keep your doors locked and remain vigilant.
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