Baton Rouge police have arrested a Philadelphia woman suspected of aiding in the November kidnapping and attempted murder of a man by several inmates who escaped from a West Baton Rouge Parish work-release facility.
Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola said investigators believe Angelina M. Hooks, 22, lured the victim into the parking lot outside the Radisson Hotel at 2445 S. Acadian Thruway, where the three escapees assaulted and robbed him before stuffing the victim into the trunk of his car.
“In text messages between her and the victim, she admitted to her participation in the entire incident,” Coppola said Thursday.
Coppola said Hooks and the victim were staying at the hotel. He could not confirm Thursday how the two were acquainted or how Hooks is connected to the inmates.
The hotel room the pair was staying in was registered in Hooks’ name, according to her arrest warrant.
“This is still an ongoing investigation,” he said. “There are possibly more arrests to come.”
In December, Baton Rouge police identified Emanuel Ray Jones as one of the escaped work-release inmates in the Nov. 8 incident. He was booked on counts of armed robbery, carjacking, aggravated battery, second-degree kidnapping and felon in possession of a firearm.
Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Thursday that Jones, 30, also was booked on an escape count.
Two deputies working at the West Baton Rouge work-release facility were suspended without pay after an internal probe by the Sheriff’s Office discovered the three inmates’ absence never showed up on any paperwork because one of the newer guards was allowing another inmate to perform his routine head counts.
Jones was transferred from West Baton Rouge to the Hunt Reception and Diagnostic Center in December.
Hooks was booked last week into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of principal to armed robbery, principal to carjacking, principal to second-degree kidnapping, principal to aggravated battery and principal to simple battery.
Hooks’ arrest warrant says the victim told police he was downstairs at the hotel computer when she called and asked him to meet her outside at his car. As soon as he walked up to her, the victim told police, he was punched in the face and pistol whipped.
The victim told police Hooks just stood there and watched as he was robbed and forced into the trunk of his car at gunpoint, according to the warrant.
The victim told authorities he overheard Jones’ accomplices saying they had to kill him and burn his car. The warrant says their plan was foiled when the victim was able to escape after another driver crashed into the back of the victim’s automobile along River Road and Brightside Lane.
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