NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Louisiana State Police is taking the lead in the search for an accused murderer who escaped custody. The escaped prisoner at the center of the manhunt in Mid-City has been identified as 24-year-old Lorenzo Conner.
Conner was being transferred from the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System into the Orleans Parish Prison when he escaped from a DHH transit van, a Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals spokesperson said Tuesday afternoon.
Conner was due in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday morning before he escaped. Court records show he was to be arraigned on charges of stalking and battery of a correctional officer.
Connor was being treated under court order competency restoration.
DHH is working with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, New Orleans Police, and Saint Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.
Orleans Parish Prison spokesman says initial reports came in that the escapee was being transported from a facility in Jackson, Louisiana when he got away near Genois Street and Tulane Avenue.
The search centered around Gravier Street between Genois and Telemachus but expanded to other parts of the Tulane and Carrollton corridors.
State Police say they're unclear on what Conner was wearing when he escaped. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Louisiana State Police Troop B at (504) 471-2775.