St. Mary

Feb 3, 2014 7:36 PM by Akeam Ashford

St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Continues Search For Escaped Inmates

Two men considered armed and dangerous are on the run after escaping from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville.

Deputies say 28-year-old Christopher Horton and 36-year-old Joshua Folks broke free early Monday morning.

Deputies say Horton was booked into the jail in 2007 on second-degree murder and arson charges. He is accused of killing his older brother.

Folks was booked into the jail last month on theft and aggravated escape charges. He's accused of trying to escape from an Alabama prison.

Robert Lile lives less than a mile away from the jail. This is the second time he's had to take precautions to protect his family. "It's kind of disappointing that those guys would even get out being this close you know. That jail should be way out in the middle of nowhere," Lile said.

According to St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Traci Landry, another inmate escaped from the jail in 2005. Landry won't say if Horton and Folks escaped the same way. "We have an understanding of how they escaped, however, because the investigation is sensitive at this point and an on-going investigation, we're not making that information public at this time," Landry said.

As part of that investigation, Landry says the jail has been put under lockdown until the men are found.

"We've cleared the facility and these grounds. The search, as time goes by, is going to increase. We're being assisted by state, local and federal officials," Landry said.

Lile wants something to be done.

"They probably need to get together and maybe have a meeting about this; maybe see what's causing it to happen. See if it's a lack of the employees doing their job or the sheriff doing his," Lile said.

The sheriff's office says both men should be considered dangerous. If you know Horton or Folks' whereabouts, call the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-384-1622 or 337-828-1960.


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