Deputies: Escaped inmate captured after attempting to burglarize home

Posted at 1:47 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 13:28:53-04

UPDATE | The inmate has been captured by deputies in Masaryktown in Hernando County after he reportedly attempted to burglarize a home.

The homeowner was home at the time of the burglary and ran out of the home to call 911. 

Deputies responded and found Joshua Holmes hiding in the attic of the home. He continued to run from police and fell through the ceiling into the home. He jumped out a window where deputies were waiting for him.

He was treated on scene and transported to a local hospital.

Here is a message from the Sheriff posted to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office:

ORIGINAL STORY | Deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office are searching for an inmate who was assigned to work detail at the county landfill and left the facility without authorization.

Joshua Holmes, 35, is described as a white male, 5'7", 145 pounds with brown eyes. He was wearing white and black striped two-piece inmate clothing. Holmes was originally charged and sentenced to prison for VOP Grand Theft Auto. 

Holmes and two other inmates were working under the supervision of Hernando County landfill employees at the landfill located on Norris Bishop Loop when he escaped shortly after 12:00 p.m. 

Two schools were on modified lockdown, but were dismissed at the normal times.

At approximately 6:00 p.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to Parsons Road in Brooksville regarding a stolen vehicle complaint. The caller advised his vehicle had been stolen "within the last five minutes."

Deputies, still in the area searching for the escaped inmate, immediately began attempting to locate the stolen vehicle.

They believe the escaped inmate stole the vehicle and left the area.

The stolen vehicle is described as a 1971 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck, blue in color with a Florida license tag: ECYD59. The truck may have damage from crashing through a fence on the owner's property.

If you see Holmes, please call 911. 

If you would like to remain anonymous - Please call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip online by clicking here.  You will remain anonymous and also be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 cash!