Reward increased in search for fugitive
BATON ROUGE - State prison officials upped the reward today for information leading to the capture of an escaped fugitive they say should be considered armed and dangerous.
The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections offered $2,500 in their search for leads to find Keana Barnes, 33, who escaped from a state prison on New Year's Day.
Barnes was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter when she scaled a fence at the prison in St. Gabriel. She's from the New Orleans area, and authorities there are also offering an additional $2,500 for information which leads them to her.
"If you see something or hear something, say something," said DPS&C Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc. "There will be consequences for anybody found helping Barnes while she is on the run."
U. S. Marshals have been called in to assist with the search, which has spread across the state in recent days.
Prison officials said 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. They said Barnes cut her hair short recently, and may also be using disguises or wigs to avoid authorities.
Anyone with information leading to her capture can leave anonymous tips by calling (225) 319-2300, or in the New Orleans area by calling (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-STOP (7867).
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