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Rapides deputies searching for escaped inmate

Posted: 3:45 PM, Jul 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-21 16:45:27-04

A felon waiting trial on domestic violence and gun charges escaped from the Rapides Parish Detention Center this afternoon. 

Deputies are looking for Demoine Fitzgerald Ashley, 40, who last lived in Alexandria. 

Ashley was last seen delivering laundry. Deputies say he slipped out of a front door un-noticed. He ran down some stairs and got away before deputies could catch him, deputies say. 

Ashley has several prior convictions including narcotics violations and flight from an officer. He is currently being held on aggravated kidnapping, domestic abuse strangulation, aggravated battery, illegal use of a weapon and convicted felon in possession of a firearm resulting from an arrest in March. 

Correction Security Investigators consider Ashley to be dangerous. Metro Division deputies are also assisting in the search as well as other local law enforcement agencies. 

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Ashley they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 318-473-6700, Crime Stoppers at 318-443-7867 or your local law enforcement agency.