Urgent manhunt underway for Mississippi prisoner on the loose

Inmate Todd Moudy, who escaped by stealing a van, is considered armed and dangerous.
1:42 | 12/08/18

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crushed after railings collapsed in a stampede. A suspect got away in a transport van while his hands and feet were chained. ABC's erielle reshef joins us with that story. Erielle, good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, guys. It was the bold getaway even the inmate's fiancee didn't see coming. The inmate still on the loose and a community is on alert. This morning, the desperate hunt for an armed and dangerous Mississippi inmate after a daring escape in a prison van. Authorities say Todd Moudy was shackled, handcuffed and strapped with belly chains as he and other prisoners were transported from the courthouse. Somehow managing to jump through an open door into the driver's seat and speed off. We do not have our van. We do not have the inmate so we're asking for all the help we can get. Reporter: The vehicle seen traveling down this highway and residents on edge. I mean it's kind of crazy knowing that he came by here, cops are all over the price. He's going to get caught. Reporter: The 46-year-old held in jail on two felony drug charges and a felony weapons charge now believed to have access to the officer's firearm inside that van. He made the statement he didn't want to go back to jail and right now he's not in jail. He's at large. Reporter: His fiancee tearfully pleading for him to surrender. Just call. All you have to do is call. They're not going to hurt you. Reporter: The officer who was guarding Moudy when he escaped was not injured. They say he will now face several new charges. Investigators urging anyone who sees him to immediately call 911. Erielle, thank you very much. Really appreciate it. Quite a case.

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