Two inmates taken back into custody following escape from Angola Prison

Two inmates taken back into custody following escape from Angola Prison
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POSTED: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 11:35am

UPDATED: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 10:21am

Two escaped inmates are back in custody following a multi-agency response.

Officials with Angola Prison confirmed that two inmates escaped from the prison shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Louisiana State Police and West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted with the search. Both men were taken back into custody shortly before 11:30 a.m.

“We are thankful that this situation was brought to a quick end, that injury was avoided and that the inmates never escaped off Angola’s vast grounds,” Warden Burl Cain, Angola Prison, said.

The inmates are Melvin Johnson, a convicted rapist from Orleans Parish, and Aaron Francois, a convicted murderer from Lafayette Parish. The two were cellmates who are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Johnson and Francois escaped from the exercise yard after they broke through the bottom of a fencing area. They utilized work gloves and a blue jean jacket to get through the razor wire located on the second fence.

“The inmates were then reported as running over the inner ring levee adjacent to the camp. The Angola Chase Team, including the K9 team, boat crew, and thermal imagery teams reported immediately and surrounded a wooded area when the inmates were last seen,” Warden Cain continued. “The inmates surrendered upon the orders of staff and no deadly force was employed during the apprehension.”

Once apprehended, both men were in possession of a large quantity of pepper and roughly 30 bags of peanuts. They used the pepper in an attempt to prevent dogs from being able to track their scent. As for the peanuts, that’s what they planned to eat.

Both men are currently located at the prison’s medical center for treatment and evaluation.

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The correct name of the prison is the DOC/ La. State Penitentiary at Angola, La. Why does the news media always purposely, inaccurately give the name of a state agency? This is troubling for a source which is supposed to print accurate "stories". The details of the "story" need to be accurate to be credible.

These fools already got life and now they added to that life sentence. The Escape will prevent them from Pardon at any given time. Do your time, get all the education they offer you and work your way out on good behavior through a Pardon or Parole not try to escape and have to stay on the run the rest of your life. What was the plan for them to go to and hide out. They subjected their families to Police monitoring and phone monitoring. Did they even think about this?

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