Prisoner escaped from St. Martinville jail this morning

Prisoner escaped from St. Martinville jail this morning
Paul Collins, 36, escaped from the St. Martinville Parish Jail this morning.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 1:10pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 3:59pm

This is an NBC33 News Update: The inmate who was injured while attempting to escape the St. Martinville Parish Prison this morning has been identified at John Wilbert, 33. He is being treated at a local hospital for injuries related to his fall off the roof of the prison.

The search for Paul Stanley Collins, the second inmate who did manage to escape, continues.

If you have any information related to the whereabouts of Collins, please contact the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 394-3071.

Original Story: ST. MARTINVILLE, La (WVLA) -- Two inmates escaped from the recreational area of the St. Martinville Parish Jail. One inmate was seriously injured during the escape, while the other, Paul Collins, is still on the loose.

The inmates physically overpowered an officer this morning around 10:30 a.m. while they were being escorted from their cells to the rooftop recreational area. When they jumped from the roof to the ground, one was badly injured and apprehended.

A viewer called NBC33 News and reported that the inmate had been transported by airlift to Lafayette for medical treatment.

Collins, however, managed to escape. He was being held on First Degree Murder charges and he is considered very dangerous.

The 36-year-old is described as a black male, 6’3” tall, 200 lbs, clean shaved and bald. He was last seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit. He may have removed the jumpsuit and could be wearing a white t-shirt and gray sweatpants.

NBC33 News will have more on this story as details develop.

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