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Deputies: Inmate who escaped from Lafayette Parish Jail turns himself in

Posted at 3:21 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 19:40:37-04

UPDATE: Ronrika Ben, who police say escaped custody at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on August 17, 2018 turned himself in Saturday night at 6:30.

Charges are pending.


The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office says they are searching for a man wanted for simple escape last week.

Deputies are asking the public to be on the lookout for 33-year-old  Ronrika Ben who escaped from custody at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on August 17, 2018.

He is described as 5’08” in height, 180 lbs with numerous tattoos.

Ronrika Ben
Ronrika Ben / Courtesy of Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office

Ben, according to deputies,  escaped from custody after being transported from a local medical facility.

Ben’s criminal history was provided by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office and includes the following offenses.
• Simple Burglary
• Narcotics Possession
• Narcotics Distribution
• Traffic violations
• Escape
• Resisting an Officer
• Flight from an Officer
• Illegal Possession of Stolen Things
• Firearms violations
• Domestic abuse
• Child endangerment

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ronrika Ben is asked to contact the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-232-9211 or CrimeStoppers at 337-232-8477.