** UPDATE ** – March 3 – The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal Task Force reported that inmate/kitchen worker Clement Leach is back in custody.
Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman said, “We never wavered in our determination to find and apprehend this inmate. We’re grateful for a close working relationship with our law enforcement partners who provided invaluable assistance in helping us return this individual to custody.”
NEW ORLEANS – An inmate assigned to kitchen duty escaped from custody and fled the Orleans Parish jail early this morning.
The inmate, 49-year-old Clement Leach, was being transferred from his living unit in the Temporary Detention Center to the kitchen around 2 a.m. on February 24 when he escaped, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Leach was awaiting trial on simple burglary charges. He is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.
Any member of the public with any information about Leach’s whereabouts should contact the OPSO at (504) 202-9339 and dial 911.