Congratulations are in order to the police who rounded up these escaped prisoners with a minimum of fuss and mayhem.
It makes you wonder why they decided they had to run off to New Orleans. Maybe it’s the natural home of crooks, but I doubt it. Maybe it’s the cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe DuMond. Or maybe it’s Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club. Something drew them to New Orleans to be caught like moths in the flame.
But what I think is tragic is how a 16 year old who was in jail for burglarizing a car decided to escape from jail. He is now going to be in jail for much of his life, if not most of it, because of trying to escape. He’s also a good looking kid with long hair, which suggests why he was taken with the others. In any case, it’s a sad story for him.
Six inmates who escaped from the Lincoln County Jail late Monday
night were captured Wednesday morning in New Orleans after spending
just more than 30 hours on the run.
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said his deputies, assisted
by the U.S. Marshals Service, apprehended the entire group in a
pair of raids at separate hotels in the Big Easy around 5 a.m. and
9:05 a.m. All six escapees are being held in the Jefferson Parish
Jail and could be extradited back to Lincoln County by Thursday, he
The apprehended escapees include Ahmad R. Butler, 22, of 920
Chippewa St.; James R. Durr, 33, of 1620 East Nola Road; Austin R.
Hart, 16, of 338 Bogue Chitto Road; Bobby J. Hudson, 26, of 306
Brister St.; Justin S. Leake, 31, of 2883 Grandview Lane; and Chad
M. Wallace, 29, of 148 Wakefield Lane.
Butler is facing murder charges in the June 17 killing of
21-year-old Anthony Nichols of McComb, who was shot dead near a
convenience store on South First Street in Brookhaven.
Durr is charged with grand larceny of personal property, while
Hart is facing charges of burglary of a motor vehicle. Rushing said
Hart was being held with adult inmates because he was tried as an
adult in court, adding the Lincoln County Jail doesn’t hold
juveniles unless directed by the court.
The remaining three inmates face various drug charges. All were