Prisoner escapes from Tarpon Springs facility

Published Jan. 19, 2013

Authorities are hunting for a prisoner who escaped from the Tarpon Springs Work Release Center on Friday.

Anthony Pruitt, 22, was last seen at the state-run facility on Brady Road about 8:30 p.m., the Tarpon Springs Police Department said Saturday. A search that included dogs and a helicopter failed to turn up Pruitt.

Pruitt has been convicted of cocaine and marijuana possession, grand theft, and burglary, according to the state Department of Corrections. He is black, 5 feet 6 and 160 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, a flame tattoo on his right arm and a tattoo on his right hand that includes flames and "727."

Anyone with information about Pruitt can call their local law enforcement agency or the Florida Department of Corrections at 850-922-6867.