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Oct 20, 2010 11:41 AM

BR Escaped Inmate Caught Hiding in Vacant House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Deputies and members of the U.S. Marshal's Task Force on Tuesday found a 34-year-old man who escaped from the East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse inside a vacant house.
Demond Fitzgerald Cook, 34, was being transported around 7:45 a.m. to the court by deputies from the Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office for sentencing when he escaped, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Cook was captured about 7 p.m. at a house in north Baton Rouge, she said.
Cook was found guilty of two counts of armed robbery and one count of second-degree kidnapping on Sept. 9 and faced sentencing that could result in a life sentence.
Cook's sister, Tamaika Cook, 32, was booked into the parish jail on a count of principal to simple escape for allegedly helping him get away.

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