Twenty-three year-old Virginia Mary, “Jenna” Rhea of Columbus was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Bogalusa, LA. after she and her inmate boyfriend allegedly assaulted officers and evaded capture last Friday afternoon in Picayune.
Johnny Hall Jr., 30, was incarcerated at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility in Pearl River County. He was serving a 17-year sentence for three counts of burglary. Hall’s father passed away last week and, as is customary, the inmate was allowed to attend the funeral, handcuffed and shackled under guard supervision.
Rhea drove to Picayune that Thursday evening and stayed with Hall’s mother before Friday’s wake.
As Hall was being escorted out of the Picayune Funeral Home by two correctional officers, Rhea reportedly pulled her black Honda Accord up next to Hall and the officers. Witnesses say Rhea got of the car and made a gesture as if to give Hall a hug goodbye. Instead, she allegedly assaulted the two officers and Hall jumped in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Rhea then jumped in the driver’s side of the car and the pair sped off.
Sources claim that prior to Friday’s wake, the modern day Bonnie and Clyde had been communicating via a cell phone that Hall had managed to smuggle into the jail.
Before they were apprehended, Hall and Rhea were also suspected of robbing an Exxon gas station on the Texas-Arkansas state line last Saturday. A store employees stated a man walked into the store around midnight, displayed a gun and demanded cash. Authorities positively identified Hall as the robber on the store surveillance camera.
Both Hall and Rhea are being held by the Bogalusa, Louisiana Police Department and will be extradited back to Mississippi. Rhea faces charges of aiding an escape and Hall could face an additional five year sentence if convicted of escape.