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Two inmates are on the run after escaping from a Louisiana prison, police say

(NEW YORK) – Police in Louisiana said Monday they have captured two of four inmates who escaped from prison over the weekend without the knowledge of the guards assigned to keep an eye on them.

Omarion Hookfin, 19; Avery Guidry, 19; Jamarcus Cyprian, 20, and Travon Johnson, 21, who were all locked up in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, escaped Saturday and Sunday through a weak section of the jail’s chain-link fence, Chief Jimmy Travis of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office told reporters during a press conference Monday.

Prison officials were unaware of the outbreaks until they received a call Sunday afternoon from a family member of one of the refugees, Travis said. The relative alerted them that two inmates had escaped Saturday and came to a relative’s house in the middle of the night looking for a place to stay, Travis said.

By the time prison staff responded, two other inmates had already escaped, according to the chief.

“It is very worrying. If the proper counts had been done, we would have known about it immediately,” Travis said.

However, the chief said police say it didn’t take long for investigators to find Johnson and Guidry after receiving a call from someone saying they had seen them.

The pair, who were arrested in connection with a 2022 murder in Hammond, Louisiana, hid in a dumpster behind a Dollar General store about 22 miles from the prison, according to police.

Hookfin, who was also arrested in connection with the same killing in 2022, and Cyprian, who was serving a prison sentence for armed robbery and weapons charges, according to police records, are still at large and likely out of Tangipahoa Parish, Travis said.

Travis said the investigation into the escape is still ongoing as investigators review all evidence and leads, but he said it appears the suspects broke through a corroded section of the fence during recreation time.

“Apparently they found their way, they hid and in the dark they went under a wall and were able to climb two fences and get away,” Travis said of Saturday’s escape.

Travis could not immediately reveal which inmate escaped and when, only that two escaped on Saturday and two on Sunday.

The chief acknowledged that the jail was understaffed and that some staffers were inexperienced, but he said that did not excuse what happened.

“We had a failure that we have to correct and move on,” Travis said.

Anyone with information about the suspects can call the Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa anonymous tip line at 800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com.

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