GULFPORT, Miss. — Authorities say a man fled from a Mississippi jail before a bail bondsman could turn him in.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson identified 45-year-old Viet Van Nguyen as the man who fled from the county jail Thursday.

News outlets report Nguyen was brought to the jail by a bondsman to turn him in on a charge of failure to appear in court for a grand larceny charge.

Peterson says the bondsman asked another bondsman to watch him while he went outside to move a vehicle.

Officials say Nguyen ran through the employee parking lot, scaled a fence and ran into the woods.

He was found about 75 yards away. Peterson says he won’t be charged with escape because he wasn’t yet in custody of the jail.

It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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