Escaped inmate

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News 12 at 11, November 23, 2007

Thomson, Ga. --- An inmate is on the loose and law enforcement needs your help. 29-year-old William Busbee escaped from the McDuffie County Jail around 10:15 Thursday night. Busbee, a North Augusta native, was originally arrested back in May after a armed robbery at a Waffle House in Thomson.

Officers from Georgia State Patrol, McDuffie, Richmond, and Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Natural Resources, the City of Thomson, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are working together in the manhunt.

K-9 officers and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter have been searching the jail's perimeter, off Harrison Road. 29-year-old William Busbee was last see in the parking lot of the McDuffie County Jail.

Sgt. Mike Hobbs said there have been three unconfirmed sightings of the suspect, from Messina to Highway 221. Deputies said they don't believe Busbee is armed, but said he is dangerous. They want you at home to lock your doors and make sure you don't leave your keys in the car.

You'll remember last May, Busbee allegedly held up the Waffle House in Thomson, then lead officers on a six hour chase down I-20. That ended in Greene County when Busbee wrecked his truck, and ran into the woods where he was arrested.

The McDuffie County Sheriff's Office has been looking for Busbee for the last 20 hours. They said the investigation is active, and will remain so until Busbee is captured.

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