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Inmate escapes while on work release assignment

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Posted: Feb 17, 2011 1:14 PM by Kevin Davidson
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 1:14 PM
Source: EBRP Sheriff's Office

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Topics: inmate escape, Ernest Southerland, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, work release, burglary, Dixie Diamond, Port Allen, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. - The suspect was recently arrested by U. S. Marshals at a home in Baton Rouge.

PORT ALLEN - Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped while on a work release detail.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says Ernest Southerland, 33, walked away from his work assignment at Dixie Diamond in Port Allen this morning.

Southerland was serving time for burglary and as a felon in possession of a firearm.

If you see Southerland call the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-389-5000.

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