Escaped Inmate Connected to Homicide and Armed Robbery

Escaped Inmate Connected to Homicide and Armed Robbery

POSTED: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 10:38am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 8:43pm

Jeremy Ricard, the inmate who escaped from EBR Parish Prison, is connected to an early morning robbery. It happened at 8 a.m. at a gas station located on Hwy 415. Ricard held two individuals at gun point and then stole their cash and vehicle.

The stolen vehicle belonged to Mac Arthur Hale, 39, of Port Allen. Hale was shot in the head at Centuron Arms Apartments on Marque Ann Drive in Baton Rouge early Thursday morning. He later died at a hospital.

This is an update from a previous story. Previous story is listed below.

At approximately 7:30 this evening a West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle without a license plate. He attempted to stop the vehicle, when it fled and crashed into a parked 18-wheeler truck in the parking lot of the Audubon Inn on Highway 415 (Lobdell) in Port Allen.

Two men jumped out of the vehicle. One man was apprehended. Deputies identified him as Leonard Thomas, the escapee from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Thomas was transported to a local hospital for treatment for wounds believed to be sustained from climbing the protective fence at the prison.

The second man fled into the wooded area nearby. Deputies believe this man may be the second escapee, Jeremy Ricard. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputies and K-9s, West Baton Rouge Deputies, La. State Police helicopter, Baton Rouge Police helicopter and Dixon Correction dogs are on scene searching the area now.

Updates to follow

This is an update from a previous story. Previous story is listed below.

EBRSO Looking For Two Inmates From Parish Prison

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies are looking for two inmates that fled from the Parish Prison this evening at approximately 10:00 p.m. after climbing over the fence of the facility.

Deputies are looking for Jeremy Ricard, 23, booked by EBRSO in March 2010 for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Leonard Thomas, 26, booked by BRPD for Resisting Arrest in December of 2009 and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in January 2010.

According to reports, both men were working in the kitchen of the prison this evening. Shortly after all inmates working in the area were accounted for, it is believed they went out to the back dock loading area where they climbed the fence. Minutes later, deputies discovered blood where the two went over the protective fence.

Deputies immediately setup a perimeter in the area and called K-9s out for tracking.

Anyone with information as to these men's whereabouts is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Residents can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 344-STOP.