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DOC: Fugitive spotted in New Orleans

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Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:03 PM by Russell Jones
Source: La. Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections

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Topics: new orleans, escape, fugitive, LCIW, prison, keana, barnes, reward, information, capture, arrest

NEW ORLEANS - State prison officials said a convicted killer who escaped from a St. Gabriel correctional facility New Year's Day has been spotted in New Orleans.

Corrections officials said they learned Keana Barnes, 33, got a ride to downtown New Orleans last week. They said she has also been spotted several times since then, particularly in Marrero.

Investigators said they believe she's been receiving help to avoid being re-captured, and anyone helping her will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Barnes was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter when she escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women early on Jan. 1. Prison officials said she scaled a fence at the facility to get away, injuring herself in the process.

Barnes is 5'4" tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has dark brown eyes and very short brown hair. She has the letter "K" tattooed on her left hand, a dragon tattoo on her back and two panther tattoos on her chest. It is also believed that she has a fairly deep cut on one her fingers from her escape.

Authorities offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to her arrest. Tips can be anonymously called in to the LCIW Control Center at (225) 319-2300, or in the New Orleans area to (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-STOP (7867).

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