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Jul 19, 2011 6:12 AM by Jenise Fernandez

Details on an Inmate's Escape from a Transportation Van

You may remember Matthew Keye, the suspect who jumped out of a transportation van while being transported to Lafayette Correctional Center. But just how did he do it?

Keyes was sitting in the backseat when at a red light between Mudd Avenue and Highway 90, he managed to get out of his shackles and jump out the back of the van.

After investigating, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says it was because the transportation officer, Deputy Earl Stevens, forgot to put the child locks on.

"If that would have been done before the transport officer left with the inmate, he would not have been able to escape, although out of the restraints, but not out of the van," said Guidroz.

Keyes first told police Deputy Stevens helped him escape, but after a voice stress test, police found out Keyes was lying.
Deputy Stevens was put on administrative leave, but is now back at work.

"We're all human and it's going to happen, but what we're doing now is to see why it happened and to take action and make sure it doesn't happen again," said Guidroz.

The transportation vans now have no handles so even if an inmate got out of the shackles, with the child lock on, they're not going anywhere.

But how Keyes got out of the shackles, Guidroz says, is still a mystery.

"Well in my mind, we did some simulations, and it's very difficult if not impossible for some people to be able to do it, even if they had a key in their hand. So I'm not saying it's impossible, I'm saying it's very difficult, " said Guidroz.

Guidroz says although they're trying to figure out what happened, they've exahusted all their leads and Keyes isn't revealing any of his magic tricks.

"Like I said it remains a mystery. Is he Houdini?"



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