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UPDATE: RPSO caught both missing inmates

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The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating two separate instances of inmates leaving supervised work crews as being connected.

Late Monday, they announced that they had caught Richard Allen Morris, 23, who escaped this morning in Alexandria. He was arrested without incident, deputies say. 

On Monday, at 12:50 pm, Michael Shane Taylor, 32, was assigned to a supervised work crew at the Pinecrest Supports and Services Center in Pineville and ran away from the work detail.The inmates were on their lunch break and Taylor abruptly jumped and ran from the area in the direction of Pearce Rd., according to a spokesman for the sheriff's office.  Deputies chased Taylor but due to the rest of the inmates being unattended, they returned to secure them and called in the escape. At 1:30 pm, an RPSO Warrants Sgt. located Taylor on North Bolton and Odom Street.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

Today at 10:50 am, Morris, 23, was assigned to a supervised work crew at the Pentecostals of Alexandria. He walked away from the work detail and is now being treated as an escapee.
 
According to initial reports, Morris was assigned to a work crew doing work at the Pentecostals of Alexandria Church on Rapides Avenue.  When Morris went on a bathroom break, he exited from a different doorway, removed his shirt and left the area, according to investigators. After a few minutes, deputies went to check on him and saw he was gone.   
 
Corrections Security Investigators responded to the scene and were able to pull the video that shows Morris leaving the building.  Sheriff's Office K-9 Units are also assisting in the search.
 
Morris is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 285 pounds, has brown hair and green eyes.  He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved dark colored t-shirt and jeans. Deputies located the discarded green RPDC shirt.   
 
Morris has previous convictions for theft, unauthorized use of a moveable and simple arson.  Morris has no prior violent charges and was not considered dangerous at this time.  

"At this time, we are looking into the possibility of these two walk-offs being related.  However, we are also taking further precautionary security measures with the rest of our work crews" said Sheriff William Earl Hilton.

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