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Jail escapee caught in four minutes

On Monday, June 11, an escapee from the Cameron Parish jail was caught in just four minutes. The escape was radioed in by the Cameron Parish Jail at 10:20 a.m.

The subject was Elvin Bryant Jinks, who was convicted of Aggravated Crimes against Nature, which is a major felony, and is awaiting sentence. He was spotted by the jailer climbing around a gate on a second story cat walk. The gate has panels with razor wire that extend past the sidewalk. Jinks threw laundry bags around the razor wire to try to protect himself from being cut. He then ran to the west corner of the facility and jumped from the second story sidewalk onto the concrete.

Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department immediately responded with 10 officers on the ground. The subject was apprehended in just four minutes at 10:24 a.m. Deputy Carl Conner saw the subject run into the marsh west of the facility and engaged in foot pursuit. Once in the marsh, Conner spotted Jinks and ordered him to stop, which he did. Deputy David Hebert and Deputy Blake Hebert then arrived and assisted in securing the escapee and getting him out of the marsh. Seven other officers were also on the scene.

Jinks was found in the marsh less than 100 yards from the jail. Sheriff Ron Johnson said Dispatch and Corrections all reacted in a professional manner in communications aiding in the rapid apprehension.

The subject sustained minor injuries from being cut on the wrist by the razor wire and a leg injury from the jump. Cameron Parish EMS transported him to South Cameron Memorial Hospital.

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