UPDATE: 4 inmates escape from Centerville Jail

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-03 14:29:28-04

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a search for 4 inmates who escaped from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center. They are 39-year-old William Deans, 28-year-old Jamie Scarbrough, 18-year-old Tanner Scarbrough, 24-year-old and Elias Todd.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) to neighboring law enforcement agencies. The parish one-call notification system has been activated and the inmates have been listed as escaped with the National Crime Information Center. 

The inmates were being held on the following charges:

  • W. Deans – domestic abuse by strangulation.
  • J. Scarbrough – illegal possession of stolen things, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of marijuana.
  • T. Scarbrough – illegal possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated number.
  • E. Todd – theft of a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, theft, and criminal damage to property.

A physical description of the inmates are as follows:

  • W. Deans, white male, 5’6, weighing 160 pounds.
  • J. Scarbrough, white male, 5’9, weighing 150 pounds, and has tattoos on neck and facial area.
  • T. Scarbrough, white male, 5’11, weighing 150 pounds.
  • E. Todd, white male, 5’8, weighing 170 pounds, and has tattoos on neck and facial area; specifically, the number “33” on his forehead.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are searching the area. If you see an influx of law enforcement, please step inside and keep your doors locked. If you see any suspicious activities or suspects that fit this description in your area call 911 immediately. 

The circumstances of their escape are currently under active investigation.

No details are being released at this time.

Additional deputies will be working to patrol the area.


Local media in St. Mary Parish say that prisoners have escaped from the St.Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville La. 

KATC has reached out to the St. Mary Sheriff’s Office but could not confirm the details in this escape. No description of the inmates has been released. 

It is unclear how many prisoners have escaped or if they have been located. KWBJ reports that an alert went out within the last hour of the event. 

The following is that alert: 

Attention: there has been an escape event at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, Louisiana. We will update you as the situation continues. We urge you to report all suspicious activity to 911 or the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-384-1622 or 337-828-1960. Please exercise caution!!

People were also notified by a phone call from the sheriff’s office, according to residents in the parish. 

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

 If you have information, contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-828-1960 or 985-384-1622.