Baton Rouge Police Tuesday booked a man into jail who over the last three months has escaped from a state prison work release program, was recaptured and then accidentally released from a state prison and again recaptured.
Emanuel Ray Jones, 30, was mistakenly released from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center Jan. 28 and was found Friday at his last known home in Covington by his parole officer.
In November, Jones escaped from the West Baton Rouge Detention Center, and while on the lam he is accused in the kidnapping of a man outside the Radisson Hotel on Acadian Thruway.
It wasn’t until Tuesday that he was booked in the November incident, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.
“We wanted to make sure we had everything we needed before we finalized our case (against Jones),” McKneely said. “We knew he was already in (prison) on previous charges. We put a hold on him, (meaning) they would notify us if he was about to be released.”
Jones, 73085 Rose St., Covington, was booked into Parish Prison Tuesday on counts of armed robbery, carjacking, second-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery and felon in possession of a firearm.
Jones along with a woman, Angelina Hooks, on Nov. 8 forced a man into the trunk of his own car after the duo lured him to the parking lot, police said.
Jones “came out of nowhere with a gun” and demanded the victim’s property, the victim told police. Jones punched the man in the torso and pistol-whipped him in the face before stuffing him into the trunk, the report says. The victim heard Jones talking about “finding a place to go kill him,” according to the warrant. The victim said he escaped from the trunk only to be recaptured by Jones before finally breaking free when another driver crashed into the back of his vehicle, the document says.
McKneely said Hooks was arrested in Pennsylvania and extradited to Baton Rouge in January.