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Search underway for inmate who escaped from Hancock County Jail

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Posted at 7:17 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 11:15:09-05

GREENFIELD — A search is underway for an escaped inmate from the Hancock County Jail who is known to be armed, violent, and dangerous, according to the sheriff's office.

Authorities are searching for a Tyrell Deshawn White, 22, described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, Hancock County Sheriff's Office Capt. Robert Harris said in a press release.

White is an inmate worker and was taking trash out to the dumpsters behind the jail around 6:30 p.m. when he ran away, Harris said. He was not in restraints. Jail officers chased White before they lost sight of him.

Investigators believe he had someone waiting for him nearby and drove him out of the area, Harris said.

He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a gray sweatshirt. He has a tattoo of an ornate cross on his chest and is known to use the name of his twin brother, Trayvon.

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The Hancock County Sheriff's Office says Tyrell Deshawn White, 22, has an ornate cross tattoo on his chest. White escaped from the Hancock County Jail on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

White was arrested in July 2020 by Fortville Police Department officers and was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, auto theft, driving while suspended with a previous conviction, and providing false information, Harris said. He was awaiting a trial scheduled to start in March.

He also has warrants out of Marion County for armed robbery and theft, Harris said.

Anyone who spots White is asked to use extreme caution and call authorities immediately. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call investigators at 317-477-1199.