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2nd person arrested for helping escapee

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Posted: Oct 20, 2010 11:47 AM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Oct 20, 2010 11:57 AM
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Topics: escape, Baton Rouge, Cook, Hayes, jailbreak, courthouse, downtown, search, manhunt

A second person has been arrested for allegedly helping Damon Cook escape custody before a sentencing hearing Tuesday morning. Hilton Hayes, 28, was arrested and charged with Principal to Simple Escape and Accessory to Simple Escape.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies believe Hayes gave Cook a ride after he broke free around 8:20 a.m. Cook's sister, Tamaika Cook, was arrested Tuesday evening, as a suspected "go-between" between the two. Hayes told detectives he agreed to park a vehicle near the East Baton Rouge Parish Governmental Building so that Cook could have fast access to it after his escape, but instead, decided to personally drive Cook from downtown Baton Rouge.

A spokesperson for E.B.R.S.O. said "when Hayes picked up Cook on America Street, both men allegedly spoke with Tamaika who told them law enforcement were in the area looking for Cook."

Investigators said Hayes then dropped Cook off on North Foster Drive.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies along with the U.S. Marshal's Task Force, State Police and FBI arrested Cook around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, after a tip. He was hiding-out in a vacant house on the 3000 block of Loraine Street.

Cook was being housed in Catahoula Parish, and was able to over-power a Catahoula Sheriff's Deputy, walking him from the transport van parked near Galvez Plaza to the courthouse.

Tamaika Cook is charged with Principal to Simple Escape.

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