A Washington Parish Jail inmate who was being returned to the jail after a visit to a hospital slipped out of his shackles and escaped early Saturday.
Kaunda Lopaz Magee, 39, charged with aggravated rape and other crimes, is still on the loose after escaping about 2:25 a.m. Saturday, Chief Deputy Mike Haley, of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.
Magee has a history of evading authorities. In October 2011, he allegedly broke into a Washington Parish home and shot at deputies and State Police during a car chase. For two weeks, he hid in wooded areas of Tangipahoa Parish and Pike County, Mississippi, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has reported. After three weeks, Magee was wounded and captured in Pike County.
The escape early Saturday, Haley said, came after Magee complained during the night in the jail of severe pain in his shoulder from a previous injury. Emergency Medical Services checked Magee at the jail and recommended a trip to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton, where he was treated and released.
Magee was taken to Riverside in handcuffs, shackles on his legs and a waist chain locked to the handcuffs.
On the way back to the jail, Haley said, “Magee was able to escape from the transporting vehicle, fleeing on foot going east on Carter Street. Magee had shed the shackles while in the back seat of the transporting vehicle. When he fled, he still had handcuffs and the waist chain attached.”
Deputies, officers from the Franklinton Police Department and search dogs tracked Magee but couldn’t find him. It is believed he got a ride and left the area, Haley said.
Magee, who has family in the Franklinton area, is 6 feet 2 inches tall and 165 pounds. His last known address is 2215 Williams St., Franklinton.
He is charged with aggravated rape, auto theft, driving under suspension and failure to appear. His bond is set at $305,500.
Haley said anyone encountering Magee should use extreme caution, as he has a tendency to be violent. Anyone with information about Magee’s location is asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434. A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to his capture.
Magee had been sought on warrants for aggravated rape, kidnapping, criminal damage to property and four counts of attempted murder of police officers in connection with the home invasion in Washington Parish in 2011 and the subsequent chase.