UPDATE: Police capture Georgia inmate that escaped

ROME, Ga. (WDEF) – Floyd County Police have caught the jail inmate that escaped from the Floyd County Courthouse today.

Dustin Cotton was found near the Etowah River around 10 PM.

Police began searching the Etowah Rover area after someone told police that they had spotted someone along the banks that resembled the escapee.

Police called for a boat to assist in the search.


ROME, Ga. (WDEF) – Officials searching for a prisoner who escaped from the Floyd County Courthouse on Monday morning say the suspect remains at large.

26-year-old Dustin Cotton was at a probation hearing when slipped out of his leg shackles and escaped.

Cotton was previously charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and criminal damage, hijacking a motor vehicle among other charges after he reportedly robbed a Marathon convenience store at 2918 Martha Berry Highway.


ROME, Ga. (WDEF) – Floyd County Police Department has called off the search for an escaped prisoner in the College Street area after joining with the Rome Police Department, Floyd Sheriff’s Deputies, parole and probation officers and other law enforcement. Two helicopters joined in the search as well.

Police are continuing to look for the inmate.


ROME, Georgia (WDEF) – A manhunt has been going on in Rome, Georgia since noon for a prisoner who escaped the Floyd County Courthouse.

Rome Police say Dustin Earl Cotton fled on foot from the courthouse just before noon.

So far, they have found his orange jump suit, but not him.

Police warns residents not to interact with him if they see him, just call 911.

The Rome Tribune reports that a highway patrol helicopter has been called in to help with the search.

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