Jailbirds Fly from O.P.P. Tent, One Sunday Escapee on Run

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Another Orleans Parish Prison inmate is out of jail and wanted.

Michael Washington, 51, is one of three to flee Sunday night from the same tented spot others escaped over the last few months.

Reginald Batiste, 25, and Dominique Battle, 22, were captured without incident Monday morning.

The jailbreaks follow at least six other escapes from Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office custody since April.

The Sheriff’s Office Monday said in an email release it is still seeking Washington and asked anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact authorities.

Some neighbors who live near the jail are unnerved and angered.

School teacher Lashawn McCaskill lives a block away from O.P.P. and spent Monday night teaching her children to stay indoors after hearing of yet another on-the-run prisoner.

“I think it’s scary because my kids play out there,” McCaskill said.

The inmates have been escaping a temporary tented facility built after Hurricane Katrina and used to house certain inmates.

It is still unknown if deputies ever caught up with Larry Ard, an inmate the sheriff’s office said escaped the temporary tent jail in October.

Retiree, Leroy Vanner has owned his home near the jail for 24 years, and says he worries when his grandchildren come over.

“It’s pitiful, pitiful. Somebody ain’t doing their job,” he said.

A written request left Monday afternoon to interview Sheriff Marlin Gusman on the latest escapes and the state of Orleans Sheriff’s Office security is yet to be returned to WGNO News.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Washington should call the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office at 504-827-8505.

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  • popseal

    Any one living in new Orleans or a city in simiar criminal condition who could otherwise live elsewhere is asking for trouble.

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