Elayne Hunt inmate in work release program walks off job for several hours, later found and arrested _lowres

Terry Wayne Jones, 26

An inmate who disappeared from his assigned job post for several hours Thursday was arrested later that day on a count of simple escape and fugitive from justice, the sheriff’s office said.

Terry Wayne Jones, 26, of 4033 Sycamore St. in Baton Rouge, had been an inmate at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, but was serving in the transitional work program supervised by Louisiana Workforce LLC, a private prison company, when he apparently walked off his job, according to an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office report.

Jones was taken from his overnight housing to his off-site job at Ichiban Sushi Bar and Grill on Essen Lane 9 a.m. Thursday and he was noticed missing at about 4 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.

After authorities searched for Jones for several hours, he showed up at his job at 10:30 p.m. and was taken back into the custody of Louisiana Workforce, the report says.

Hicks said Jones will be housed at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of escape until DOC decides to move him to a state facility.

Jones will not return to the work release program, Hicks added.

Pam Laborde, spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said Jones had landed in state prison on a charge of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Jones is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and has not been assigned a bond, according to jail records.