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Attempted murder suspect back in custody after escape

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago January 06, 2014 Jan 6, 2014 Monday, January 06 2014 January 06, 2014 2:09 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- An attempted murder suspect who escaped from the Violent Crimes Unit Sunday evening is back in custody this morning.

Ryan Boatner, 27, managed to get away from law enforcement officers while he was inside the building Sunday evening.  Boatner managed to hide out for nearly four hours in the bitter cold before a team of officers and K-9s descended on a subdivision not far away from where he escaped.  Boatner was taken into custody just before 3 a.m.

Details on how he escaped are unclear, but News 2 has learned he was inside the VCU when he bolted. 

Boatner was being questioned after an armed robbery led to a shooting earlier Sunday in the 4500 block of Charles Street.  Investigators said the victims fired back and struck one of Boatner's accomplices who is in the hospital with life threatening injuries.  The man who allegedly drove the getaway car, 27-year-old Warren Jackson was arrested and booked into Parish Prison on accessory after the fact to attempted first degree murder and robbery.

Boatner was taken to a hospital for injuries.  He will be booked into Parish Prison and charged with 4 counts of attempted 1st Degree murder, attempt armed robbery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Simple Escape.

Stay with News 2 for the latest developments on this story. 

Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter @ChrisNakamoto for further updates.

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