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Authorities in Louisiana are continuing their search for two inmates who escaped from a local jail after two other escapees were captured over the weekend.

The jailbreak occurred at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, north of New Orleans. According to a Facebook post by Sheriff Daniel Edwards, the four inmates, all of whom were imprisoned for violent crimes, escaped over the weekend. Two were recaptured on Monday morning.

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The Sheriff’s office has identified the two inmates still at large as Omarion Hookfin, 19, and Jamarcus Cyprian, 20. The Sheriff’s department said, “We feel that they’re no longer in Tangipahoa Parish.” According to authorities, two inmates escaped Saturday afternoon and the other two on Sunday. The Sheriff’s office was unaware of the escape until a concerned citizen alerted the warden after two escapees showed up at a relative’s house looking for shelter. Subsequent headcounts revealed that a total of four inmates were missing.

Sheriff Edwards explained that the inmates escaped during recreation time by exploiting a weak spot in the perimeter fence. An inspection revealed that a section of the fence was “vulnerable and easily maneuvered” to allow a small individual to slip through. The two captured inmates, Avery Guidry, 19, and Travon Johnson, 21, were unarmed when found hiding in a dumpster.

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Travis admitted that the delay in realizing the inmates were missing was “very concerning” and attributed the escape to “lack of correctional supervision” and a corroded wire in the fence. He acknowledged the short staffing issues but emphasized that it was no excuse, labeling the situation a “failure within” the Jail.

The inmates were awaiting trial for serious charges: Hookfin, Guidry, and Johnson were involved in a 2022 home invasion that resulted in a man’s death and injury to his 12-year-old daughter, while Cyprian was serving time for armed robbery and weapon charges.


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