Posted: Nov 19, 2010 10:55 PM by Jim Hummel
Updated: Nov 19, 2010 11:05 PM
An escaped inmate in Lafayette has been caught. Michael Proctor spent less than three hours as a fugitive after running away from a work detail near East Lewis Street and Campus Lane around 3:30 Friday. Only KATC was there, as deputies re-captured Proctor a short distance away near the corner of Curtis Street and St. Julien Avenue Friday night.
"It was a diligent effort by law enforcement," said Captain Kip Judice with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department. "Our K-9 officers were able to track him to a residence here on St. Julien, where we found him hiding underneath the house."
That house, Ronnie West's home. West knew about the escapee, but didn't think anything about the noises he heard outside his window. "I heard a little rustling in my room when I was on the phone with my mom, thinking it was the cable guy coming over to fix our TV, and it wasn't, it was an escaped convict who was hiding under my bedroom."
When asked by KATC why he fled his work detail, Proctor had little to say, but he did mention a "bad talk" with his girlfriend.
Proctor was last seen wearing a black and white striped prison uniform, which was nowhere to be found when he was captured. Instead, he was wearing a red UL shirt and black pants.
"Our investigators are investigating that now to determine where he got those clothes, and determine if there is another crime involved or if he just found them on the side of the road; we don't know that yet," said Judice.
If convicted of simple escape, Proctor could face up to five years behind bars. That's in addition to the time he's currently serving for unauthorized use of an access card.