All 7 escaped La. inmates back in custody after hours-long manhunt

Corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick said the men escaped by scaling a fence along the prison's perimeter


By Advocate Staff 
The Advocate

BATON ROUGE — All seven men who escaped a prison in northeast Louisiana early Wednesday have been caught and are back in secure custody as of 9:15 p.m., following an hours-long manhunt for four of the escapees, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Four of the men, three from East Baton Rouge Parish, remained at large for much of the afternoon and evening Wednesday after escaping from Madison Parish Detention Center in Tallulah, said corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick.

Leedarius Rogers is one of seven men caught after escaping from Madison Parish Detention Center.
Leedarius Rogers is one of seven men caught after escaping from Madison Parish Detention Center.

The inmates escaped by scaling a fence along the prison's perimeter, Pastorick said.

Authorities caught three of the escapees during the course of the day. Chase teams from several state prisons and officers and deputies from State Police, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Madison and Richland Parish sheriff's offices are continuing to search for the remaining four, Pastorick said.

The four men who were captured Wednesday evening were:

  • Earl Hollins, 24, East Baton Rouge Parish, serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and simple robbery.
  • Joshua Lewis, 26, East Baton Rouge Parish, serving a 20-year sentence for manslaughter.
  • Leedarius Rogers, 24, Caddo Parish, serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery.
  • Devario Turner, 36, Franklin Parish, serving a 30-year sentence for armed robbery.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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