Warden not ruling out yesterday's escape as 'inside job'

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Posted: Oct 20, 2010 5:51 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Oct 20, 2010 7:19 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Catahoula, Parish, jail, warden, inside, job, escape

Catahoula Parish Correctional Center Warden Pat Book is not ruling out the idea that yesterday's courthouse escape in Baton Rouge could have been an inside job.

Book said Demond Cook managed to break free of handcuffs and shackles on his way into the court for a sentencing hearing.

Today, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a second person in connection with the escape. Hilton Hayes is accused of providing Cook with transportation after he bolted. His sister, Tamaika Cook, was arrested yesterday. Investigators believe she was the go-between for Cook and Hayes. However, it is still unclear how he managed to break free.

Mesheaux Elliot witnessed the capture of Cook in North Baton Rouge last night.

"He's not even from around here," said Elliot. "I don't know what would make him jump in a vacant house here."

Book told News 2 all circumstances surrounding the escape are being reviewed.

"If he got a key and I can prove it came from an employee, it will be instant termination and possible charges filed," said Book.

District Attorney Hillar Moore told News 2 once the new courthouse opens, the chances of a future escape will be unlikely.

"The building is more secure," said Moore.

However, Moore told News 2 he supports video conferencing for certain hearings involving inmates who have to be transported from far away.

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