A trusty with the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison ran away from a crew of inmates cutting grass at a historic cemetery on Wednesday morning, tasting freedom for about an hour until authorities located him several miles away at his girlfriend’s house.
The trusty, Kelvin J. Stampley, 29, took off running from the Sweet Olive Cemetery about 10:45 a.m. and was found an hour later at a home near Staring Lane, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.
As soon as Stampley escaped, two deputies supervising the crew of 10 inmates organized a perimeter, but Stampley managed to elude them, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, the spokeswoman.
Trusties commonly are taken from the jail to work various labor jobs across the parish.
It wasn’t clear exactly how Stampley ended up at his girlfriend’s home on Lake Calais Court, just west of Staring Lane near Dawson Creek. But deputies believe, Hicks said, that someone may have picked him up near the cemetery, which is located on America Street north of Government Street.
The matter remained under investigation Wednesday.
A tip led deputies to Stampley in the girlfriend’s home, Hicks said.
Stampley was booked into Parish Prison in July on fugitive counts. Booking records indicate Stampley was booked on several bench warrants from various city and parish courts on counts of theft, forgery, resisting an officer and possession of marijuana.
Stampley will be rebooked into Parish Prison on escape counts.
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