A massive manhunt is underway for an escaped jail inmate in northeast Perry.
Shane Saip, 38, is believed to be in the woods near the Oliver Place apartments, Houston County sheriff’s Maj. Alan Everidge said early Tuesday.
Saip, who was being held at the Houston County jail on a burglary charge, is believed to have broken into someone’s unit at the complex at 530 Gray Road, not far from the Houston County Detention Center behind the Houston County Superior Court building on Perry Parkway.
“Around 2 a.m., we received a call from a resident from the same complex,” Everidge said. “The person we believe to be Mr. Saip had left, just prior to our arrival, through a window.”
Saip allegedly broke into an occupied unit while no one was home, but no firearms were taken in the burglary, he said.
Just before 8 p.m. Monday, Saip and inmate Willie Ames Driver, 24, were escorted by a deputy as they were taking out kitchen trash to the dumpster after dinner, Everidge said.
“Some of the bags were extra heavy so they went around to the back of the dumpster instead of throwing them over the top,” he said. “They took off on foot toward the woods behind the jail.”
The dumpster is not within a fenced area.
Driver was captured overnight, but Saip was still on the loose and believed to be in the woods around the apartment complex which is not far from Houston Lake Road and Keith Drive.
“We are still confident he’s within a mile of the jail,” Everidge said.
Officers have a perimeter set up and will resume searching in the woods after dawn.
Anyone who sees Saip is urged to call 911 immediately.