NEWPORT, Tenn. (WATE) – The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office says they have taken an escaped inmate who fled Monday back into custody after a search of over 24 hours.
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According to CCSO, at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, the escaped inmate from Cocke County, Billy Hance, was taken into custody without incident by sheriff deputy is a new port city policeman.
The suspect was located in the parking lot of a hotel in downtown Newport.
An anonymous tip gave officers a lead – they received information from an anonymous caller who stated they seen the suspect get out of a white vehicle.
Officers converged on the area quickly located the suspect and apprehended him.
The suspect is being transported to another county “for safekeeping.”