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Police: Have You Seen This Man?

John Matthew Hughes

John Matthew Hughes

“John Matthew Hughes is wanted out of Zanesville, Ohio for murder,” Water Valley Police Department Captain Roger Thomas said Friday afternoon. Authorities in Oxford and Lafayette County and in Yalobusha County have reason to believe he could be in the area, according to Thomas. Hughes has family in Yalobusha County.

“This subject is considered very dangerous,” Thomas reported. Anyone who thinks they have seen him needs to contact their local law enforcement authorities immediately. Thomas said Hughes could be traveling in a 1999 silver Dodge Intrepid with Ohio license plate number EDE 1004.

Hughes has a list of past offenses in Lafayette and Yalobusha counties, according to Thomas. He pleaded guilty to three counts of grand larceny in 2004, according to an article in The Daily Mississippian.

A detective in Zanesville reported that Hughes made statements that he would not go peacefully.

“Every time we tried to arrest him, it was a fight or chase,” Sheriff Lance Humphreys recalled when his department was after Hughes following a care theft.

The Daily Mississippian also reported that Hughes received a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to grand larency. That sentence was reduced to time served and probation. He violated the probation in Panola County for public drunkedness and possession of paraphernalia and was taken back into custody in October, 2005, according to the newspaper article. Why he was released early again could not be comfirmed.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Water Valley Police Department at 473-2933, the Oxford Police Department at 232-2400, or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS (8477).

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