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4 escape from Bunkie juvenile facility; 2 remain at large

By: - August 27, 2023 8:34 pm
A view from below of thick mesh fencing and barbed wire

The state auditor, once again, criticized the oversight of sentence calculations for inmates in Louisiana’s prison system.

Four juvenile males escaped Sunday afternoon from the Acadiana Center for Youth in Bunkie, according to our news partners at KALB-TV. Two were captured  and two others were still unaccounted for as of Sunday night.

The state Office of Juvenile Justice said the juveniles escaped around 2:30 p.m., two of them were caught 6 p.m. The two who were still on the run are a 16-year-old from Calcasieu Parish and a 15-year-old from Grant Parish.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana State Police and other local police are looking for the two remaining escapees.

State Rep. Daryl Deshotel of Marksville told KALB a group of juveniles at the center allegedly attacked a female guard and took her keys. The guard reportedly has serious injuries from the encounter.

Deshotel said he was told that riots broke out at the facility but have were contained.


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Greg LaRose
Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune |, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.