- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

ANGIE, La. (AP) - The search continues for an inmate who escaped the minimum-security Rayburn Correctional Center in Washington Parish.

Warden Bobby Tanner says Patrick Martin, 52, a trusty assigned to take care of the prison’s horses, escaped Sunday sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tanner told The Bogalusa News (https://bit.ly/1scqSKd) the officer assigned to supervise Martin saw him earlier in the afternoon and returned about 4 p.m. to escort him back to the secure compound and realized he was not there.

Officers from the prison, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Angie and Varnado police departments are actively searching for Martin. Tanner said officers from the Franklinton Police Department and surrounding parishes also are helping.

Tanner said the prison’s K9 officers also are searching for signs of Martin or tracks, but challenges include the rough terrain and thick woods. He said officers are maintaining a perimeter of approximately 2 to 4 miles around the prison, adding they are out in the area surrounding the facility, hoping to catch a glimpse of Martin.

“We’re optimistic that he’s still within our search perimeter,” he said.

Martiin is described at about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a tan complexion. He was serving a 15-year sentence for a 2006 armed robbery and was eligible, with good time credits, for release from the prison, based in Angie, on Dec. 30, 2017.

Once apprehended, Martin will face disciplinary proceedings in addition to criminal charges, Tanner said.

If anybody spots Martin, they should not approach him, Tanner said.

“Although he was considered a trusty here, escape is considered an act of desperation,” Tanner said. “We want the public to assume he is dangerous. If you see him, call 9-1-1.”

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Information from: Bogalusa - Daily News , https://www.gobogalusa.com

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