Juvenile Louisiana inmates who escaped with security officer were arrested

Three juvenile inmates who escaped from a Louisiana detention center on Saturday morning, likely with the help of a security officer, were arrested and detained, officials said.

The Red River Parish Mayor’s Office issued a statement Saturday warning the community that security guard Victoria Tyne, 21, is believed to have helped Tijuan Lafitte and Jeremiah Durham, both 17, and 15-year-old Navaraya Lane escape from Ware Youth Prison. Center in Coushata, Louisiana, in a white 2010 Pontiac G6. A day later, the bureau announced that the inmates had been arrested and detained.

The Houston Police Department apprehended the inmates in Texas around 2 a.m. Sunday, after investigators found the getaway car in a hotel parking lot, the Houston Police Office said in a statement.

Paris Red River Police Office said detectives monitored the vacant car for several hours before the suspects returned to it, at which time inmates and Toon were cornered and arrested.

In a joint effort by the Red River Parish Mayor’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, the Los Angeles State Police Investigative Unit, the Bossier Parish Police Office, the Los Angeles Fusion Center, and the Houston Police Department’s Crime Suppression Team, the unmanned getaway vehicle that was being driven by Victoria was Tune in the parking lot of a Houston hotel where he was kept under HPD surveillance for several hours.”

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Security Officer Victoria Tyne is suspected of helping the prisoners escape.
Red River Parish Mayor’s Office

“All suspects will be extradited to Louisiana, where they will face additional charges pointing to escape,” the statement continued.

The incident came within a week of a case in Alabama that drew national attention, in which security officer Vicki White helped inmate Casey White break out of prison. The inmate was re-arrested on Monday after their car crashed and law enforcement cordoned them off. Vicki White committed suicide during the attempted arrest.

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