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Louisiana jail escapees caught in Victoria

By Gheni_Platenburg
Aug. 12, 2010 at 3:12 a.m.

Jamie D. Malone

A man and woman on the run turned themselves into Victoria County Sheriff's deputies Thursday morning, one day after escaping from a Louisiana jail.

Jamie Dianne Malone, 27, and Thomas Ray May, 33, both of whom are inmates at Louisiana's Winn Parish jail, were placed into custody early Wednesday morning.

The two escaped when they walked away from their trustee duties at the Winn Parish Courthouse, according to a news release from the Winn Parish Sheriff's Office news release.

Victoria County Chief Deputy Terry Simons said the escapees surrendered when they called sheriff's deputies from the parking lot of the Raisin Windmill convenience store, 9098 U.S. Highway 59 South.

The store was closed at the time.

"They were sitting on the curb at the time that the deputies arrived," said Simons, who described their arrests as "uneventful."

Simons said the two did not say why they decided to escape, but they did say that they decided they didn't want to be on the run.

Winn Parish law enforcement received the call about their missing inmates around 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the news release.

Victoria is not a usual stop for jail escapees.

"We do not see a lot of escapees in Victoria, and true escapees are rare nationally."

A third person, Rose Marie Mitchell-Walker, 21, was also arrested by Victoria Sheriff's deputies in connection with the escape.

Walker, who was sitting on the curb with May and Malone, admitted to the deputies that she knew the two were escapees when she picked them up in Louisiana, according to her arrest report.

The group made the seven-hour journey from Winnfield, La. in Walker's green 1996 Grand Prix.

Several Louisiana news sources reported that May was serving time for carnal knowledge of a juvenile, while Malone was in jail on multiple drug charges.

It is not known how long they had been sentenced to jail or how much time they had left to serve.

For her involvement in the escape, Walker was charged with two warrants for permitting/facilitating escape from a correctional facility, which are third degree felonies.

The group is in custody at the Victoria County jail. being held as fugitives for Winn Parish Louisiana.

Arrangements were being made to extradite the three to Winn Parish.

The details of the escape are still under investigation.

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