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Escaped Lumpkin County inmate captured
Steven Smith 2017
Steven Smith

A Lumpkin County inmate who escaped Tuesday from his hospital room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville was captured Wednesday in White County

Steven Smith, 27, was captured with the help of U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, according to a statement released by Alan Roach, spokesman for the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Roach wrote in the statement that Smith is now charged with felony escape in addition to other charges that had already been filed against him. The case remains under investigation.

The sheriff’s office was notified around 2 p.m. Tuesday that Smith had escaped. Gainesville Police officers, hospital security staff and the detention officer there started the search for the inmate.

A total of 16 officers from the Lumpkin sheriff’s office responded and searched the hospital grounds and surrounding parking lots, and they looked inside vehicles in the parking lots.  

At the time of Smith’s escape, Roach said, the suspect was being held on multiple charges including: possession of a firearm or knife during certain crimes; criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark; possession of certain types of firearms, dangerous weapons and silencers prohibited; sale, manufacture, etc. of certain controlled substances; possession of drug-related objects; forgery/counterfeiting of other object; and theft by receiving stolen property. 

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