Sheriff: Inmate back in custody after leaving work detail

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — A man wanted by the sheriff’s office for walking away from work detail at a local church is back in custody.

James Owings

James Owings, 26, is in custody in Tipton County, according to Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas.

Sheriff Thomas says he was notified Friday afternoon by the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office that Owings was found at a hotel in the Memphis area.

Arrangements are being made to bring him back to Gibson County.

Owings, of Munford, reportedly walked away from work detail Wednesday while working at a church in Humboldt.

Tipton County Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley speaks with James Owings after his arrest.

He was serving a sentence for a previous drug arrest, according to Sheriff Thomas.

Sheriff Thomas credits with U.S. Marshals Service as well as Tipton County Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley and Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty for helping in the capture.

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