Demond Cook back in law enforcement custody
Update: Demond Cook, who escaped restraints this morning while headed into district court, has been caught.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force captured 34-year-old Demond Cook in a vacant house on Lorraine Street around 7 this evening.
Local, state and federal law enforcement helped in the search for Cook, who escaped after overpowering Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s deputies. He managed to get out of leg irons, belly chains and handcuffs, according to the Catahoula Parish jail warden.
Authorities said Cook was headed to court to be sentenced to life in prison for a September conviction on kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges.
Cook’s sister, 32-year-old Tamaika Cook, was also arrested earlier this afternoon after authorities said she helped her brother escape, acting as a go-between for him and outside help. She was booked on one count of principal to simple escape.
Agencies involved in the search for Cook include Baton Rouge Police, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, the FBI and U. S. Marshals.
News 2 was the only news station on the scene as authorities caught Cook, and News 2's Chris Nakamoto and Ashley Rodrigue found out the latest.