Jan 10, 2013 5:34 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has released new pictures and information of escaped inmate Keana Barnes, who escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel early on January 1. Barnes was captured on surveillance video walking inside the prison the day before she escaped. She has short hair as opposed to longer hair officials sent in previous pictures. She was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.
According to DOC spokesperson Pam Laborde, Barnes was given a ride to downtown New Orleans last week, and she has been seen in the Marrero area. "Investigators working the case believe she is receiving help to avoid capture. It should be noted that anyone aiding Barnes will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Laborde said. Barnes is from the New Orleans area and has family and acquaintances there.
Barnes, age 33, is 5'4" tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has dark brown eyes and very short brown hair. She has the letter "K" tattooed on her left hand, a dragon tattoo on her back and two panther tattoos on her chest. It is also believed that she has a fairly deep cut on one her fingers that she sustained during the escape.
DOC is offering a reward for information in Barnes' case of $2500, and CrimeStoppers of Greater New Orleans is offering $2500 for information in the case. Tips on Barnes can be called into the LCIW Control Center at 225-319-2300. Anonymous tips can be called into CrimeStoppers GNO at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-STOP (7867). All information will be kept confidential.