Escaped Inmate Apprehended Today

Escaped Inmate Apprehended Today

POSTED: Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 1:38pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 9:43pm

The search for escaped inmate Jeremy Ricard came to a close today. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Officers received a call last night with a tip that Ricard had stolen yet another car in Lafayette. He was then spotted early this morning in Hammond. The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office managed to contain and apprehend Ricard in an area off of I-55.

The capture puts an end to a five day search that began Tuesday after Ricard and fellow inmate Lenoard Thomas hopped over the protective fence at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

The search for the two men escalated Thursday night when authorities in Port Allen chased a suspicious car that eventually crashed into an eighteen-wheeler parked at the Audobon Inn. Thomas was apprehended at the scene, but Ricard managed to slip away into a densely wooded area.

Search crews search with air support and ground crews, but Ricard was no where to be found.

Friday afternoon, detectives realized the vehicle the duo wrecked belonged to a Mac Arthur Hale Jr., the man who was shot and killed the morning before at the Centurion Arms apartments in Baton Rouge.

Ricard’s mug shot was posted on billboards across the state and authorities warned the public not to approach Ricard if sited. They believed him to be armed and dangerous.

"You might be stopped at a light and he may decide he wants to switch cars so he pulls a gun on you," Sciro warned.

Finding another vehicle was a top priority for Ricard after the wreck at the Audobon Inn. Friday morning he robbed two people at gunpoint and stole their white Chevy crew cab at a truck stop off LA-415.

"They readily gave it to him because they say the gun barrel looked like it was really big," says Tommy Sciro, an investigator for the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department.

Fortunately Ricard was apprehended without incident and no other individuals were harmed.