Escaped Fla. inmate attacks homeowner with hammer
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 2:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 2:05 p.m.
LECANTO, Fla. - Deputies pressed on with their search for an escaped jail inmate Sunday after he attacked a homeowner with a hammer, authorities said.
James Coursey, 49, was seen Sunday morning in a shed outside of a home in Citrus County, two days after he escaped a detention facility on foot, sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Yates said.
The homeowner who spotted Coursey approached the shed, and that's when Coursey attacked the homeowner with a hammer, Yates said.
The homeowner, who was not immediately named, suffered minor cuts and was treated on the scene, Yates said.
Coursey was seen fleeing to the south in Lecanto, a small town about 60 miles north of Tampa. Deputies in helicopters and with K-9 units on the ground were hunting for him Sunday afternoon, Yates said.
Coursey fled the Citrus County Detention Facility on Friday afternoon. He was arrested in February on a warrant for grand theft. While jailed, Coursey was charged with unarmed burglary of unoccupied structures.
Coursey is about 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, with curly light brown hair and blue eyes. The public was warned not to confront Coursey if he is spotted, and call police immediately.
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