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ICE detainee escapes from Pine Prairie prison

GEO Employees Fannie Cavel (l) and Chuncey Fontenot (r) are seen bringing the ICE detainee back to the facility after capturing him. ( Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

By: ELIZABETH
WEST
Managing Editor

On Sunday, an ICE detainee escaped from GEO Group’s Pine Prairie prison facility.
In a release from GEO Group, it stated that “two ICE detainees attempted to escape,” however only one was successful.
According to the release, “one detainee was apprehended within the property, while the other managed to breach the Center’s perimeter.”
The release went on to state that “the detainee who breached the perimeter was apprehended by facility staff shortly thereafter approximately 300 yards from the Center without incident.”
Once back at the facility, the “detainee was brought back to the Center where he was treated by medical staff for minor injuries.”
Those who assisted GEO employees in the capture were the Pine Prairie Police Department, Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, Turkey Creek PD, Pine Prairie Fire Department, and first responders.

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