Local Inmate Accused Of 2017 Murder Apprehended After Escaping From Deputies At Hospital
A Coffee County Jail inmate that was at Coffee Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for what was described as being a “serious medical condition” escaped from a Coffee County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Tuesday morning, April 3, though local law enforcement officers were able to “quickly” take him back into custody.
According to a press release from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year old Joshua Carl Parrott was being “treated” at Coffee Regional Medical Center for “a serious medical condition” on Tuesday morning when he was able to “divert the attention” of a Coffee County deputy and run out of the hospital.
Parrott made his way to a nearby convenience store, where he “hitched a ride” from an unsuspecting citizen.
Coffee County authorities, with the help of officers with the Douglas Police Department, were given a description of the vehicle and were able to conduct a traffic stop within a matter of minutes, at which time Parrott was taken back into custody.
Sheriff Doyle Wooten would like to thank the Douglas Police Department for assisting in the apprehension of Parrott.
Parrott was arrested in October of 2017 and is currently awaiting trial on charges of Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon While Committing a Crime, and Theft by Taking in connection to the homicide of 56-year Joseph Dewayne Gaskin.
Gaskin went missing last year in September and was last seen with Parrott. Approximately two weeks after Gaskin was reported missing, local law enforcement officials discovered his deceased body in a wooded area off Wendell Sears Road.
Parrott fled to Florida sometime after Gaskin’s death but returned to Coffee County shortly after the discovery of Gaskin’s body.
He was apprehended during a traffic stop and has been incarcerated at the Coffee County Jail since October 7, 2017.
Parrott now faces an additional charge of Escape.