Desoto County News

Woman arrested after failed jail break

A Marshall County Jail inmate is back in custody, thanks in part from the help of members from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department, after an early-morning breakout attempt.  

A news release from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department reports a woman inmate overpowered a woman jailor at the facility about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. 

The inmate, identified as Roshanda Bowens of the Matthews Corner area of Marshall County, was able to make it to the booking area of the jail. That was when she encountered another deputy getting ready to leave the jail.

Officials said Bowens was able to gain entry into the deputy’s patrol unit, used it to break through the exterior gate, and then fled on foot.  

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department canine unit was called in to assist in the search for Bowens, who was later spotted by an employee of a business near the jail.

A search for Bowens there proved unsuccessful, but she was reported to be at another business in the immediate area by employees at that location.  

That was where Bowens was captured and returned to the Marshall County Jail. Authorities in Marshall County also had assistance from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team in the search for Bowens, who now faces a number of felony charges. 

Officials say Bowens was originally being held in connection to an early-morning shooting of a man earlier in the day.  

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