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Residents lock down while escapee still on the loose

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Posted: Jan 1, 2013 8:57 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Jan 1, 2013 8:57 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Women's correctional center, escapee, St. Gabriel

ST. GABRIEL - Residents are locking up for the night while an escapee from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women is still on the loose.

Keana Barnes escaped early Tuesday morning. She was serving a 25-year-sentence for killing her boyfriend and running from the police.

Some long-time residents near the prison tell News 2 they don't feel as safe as they usually do.

"Yeah, that's a little bit too much, especially not to be notified of it and we live right here in the area." Said William Hawkins, who's lived next to LCIW for 11 years.

Judith Gremillion, who's lived near the prison for two decades, says she makes sure to lock her doors and relies on her 3 dogs to alert her if anyone is nearby. But she's not worried about having unexpected visitors.

"Pretty much every time there's been an escape they've always had some kind of car waiting for them. They don't go into the swamp and I've never seen them on the street," she said.

State prison officials said Barnes should be considered armed and dangerous, and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to her capture. Tips on Barnes' location can be called in to the LCIW Control Center at (225) 319-2300.

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