Captured inmate still in hospital with dog bites

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Posted: Mar 17, 2014 3:16 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2014 3:16 PM
Source: WWL-TV

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Topics: christopher ricker, st. tammany, tangipahoa, work release, escape, arrest

HAMMOND - The inmate recaptured after an escape and massive manhunt last week is still in the hospital due to bites from the K9s who found him, according to authorities.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards told WWL-TV that Christopher Ricker, 35, will face additional charges for his escape.

Ricker allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and led police on a chase after he walked away from his St. Tammany Parish work-release program. He was found late Friday, after searchers said he'd been hiding under a log for a day and a half.

Ricker, who was scheduled to be let go in about six months for theft, now faces charges that include attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated flight. Covington Police said they have a warrant filed for second-degree kidnapping and felony theft of a motor vehicle valued at over $1,500.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain announced after Ricker's escape he was closing the work-release program and moving its 150 participants back to the parish jail. The program saw three other inmates walk off before Ricker's escape.

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