Jail escapee caught almost immediately

A Pine Bluff man’s bid for freedom from the adult detention center was short-lived Friday as he was back in custody two minutes after he ran out of the building.

Major Lafayette Woods Jr., operations commander for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, said William Hawkins, 21, had been brought to the jail at 3:30 p.m. by Pine Bluff Police on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

Hawkins was handcuffed to a bench in the holding area of the jail, and Woods said he somehow was able to get out of the handcuffs.

“When another officer came in, it gave him access to the door and he ran out,” Woods said.

Hawkins was caught by sheriff’s deputies at Fourth Avenue and Alabama Street almost immediately and brought back to the jail. He will be charged with escape, a Class D felony.