Authorities say Cook overpowered guards, escaped restraints
Authorities say a man about to be sentenced to life in prison was able to overpower a deputy and get out his restraints before escaping into downtown Baton Rouge.
Demond Cook was being taken to court in Baton Rouge by Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s deputies when he made his escape this morning, getting out of leg irons, belly chains and handcuffs according to the warden of Catahoula Parish jail.
Cook was to be sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery charges.
Warden Pat Book said Cook was being transported with 11 other inmates to the district courthouse this morning. Deputies delivered the prisoners to the back of the Old State Capitol near Galvez Plaza in two transfer vans.
The inmates were chained together and walking between the old state capitol and the courthouse when authorities say Cook made his move, breaking from the line of inmates and overpowering a Catahoula deputy. At some point he escaped his restraints and ran into the parking garage, then jumped a fence into a construction zone and was able to elude authorities.
The other ten inmates remain in custody.
Investigators with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office say Cook also changed out of his prison uniform and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and grey sweatpants. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (225) 389-5000.
News 2 has crews on the scene, and will have a live report with the latest on search efforts starting on News 2 at Noon.