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‘Armed And Dangerous’ Louisiana Prison Escapee Ticketed In Los Angeles For Loitering

Keana Barnes
U.S. Marshals Most Wanted Poster

Louisiana authorities said she was someone who should be considered armed and dangerous.  They also believed that she was in the New Orleans area.  But when she was found in Los Angeles, neither were the case.

Keana Barnes escaped the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel on New Year’s Day.  She had been in prison serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.  When authorities learned she has escaped, they warned that she should be considered armed and dangerous.  They also believed that she had gone towards New Orleans since she had connections there.

However, according to WWL-TV, Barnes was captured by Los Angeles police yesterday when she was given a summons for loitering.  When asked for her name, she gave authorities a false identity.

LAPD officers were suspicious and took her into custody.  On the way to the police precinct, Barnes confessed her true identity and that she escaped from a Louisiana prison.

She is on the U.S. Marshal’s Top 15 Most Wanted list for her escape.

Barnes is expected to be in court tomorrow.

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