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For Immediate Release

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March 31, 2010 Corey Britt - Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Louisiana (337) 262-6666
Three Dangerous Convicts Escape in Central Louisiana

Alexandria, LA – At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Monday Morning (March 29, 2010) three inmates escaped from the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office D.C. #1.  The inmates escaped after putting a Correctional Officer (CO) at knifepoint and forcing him to open the door.  The CO was opening the door to a disciplinary holding cell to provide water to inmates within the holding cell when inmate Quentin M. Truehill brandished a handmade knife, held it to the throat of the CO, and threatening to kill the CO if he did not open a nearby access door.  As the officer began to comply with Truehill’s demands another officer attempted to intervene and was cut on the hand.  Quentin M. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson, and Peter M. Hughes all fled the jail facility. Deputies, City Police Officers, and a K-9 Chase Team from the Avoyelles Correctional Center tracked the escapee’s into a wooded area near Highway 1. Sheriff Anderson said it is now apparent that the three were picked up by an accomplice near the old Wal-Mart building in Marksville.

The U.S. Marshals in conjunction with its State and Local partners are aggressively pursuing the three escapees.  The Escapees are listed as follows:

1. Quentin M. Truehill – Originally from New Orleans, but came to Lafayette, Louisiana during the Hurricane Katrina evacuation.  Truehill is serving a 30 year Sentence for Manslaughter and was also convicted of Armed Robbery in Rapides Parish in 2009. 

Truehill is a 22 Year Old, Black, Male, 5’9”, 140 lbs. Truehill has a tattoo of a cross on his forehead.

2. Peter M. Hughes – Originally from Abbeville, LA.  Hughes is serving a 4 Year Sentence for Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling.

Hughes is a 22 Year Old, Black, Male, 6’2”, 152 lbs

3. Kentrell F. Johnson – Originally from the Lafourche, Thibodaux area.  Johnson is serving a Ten Year Parole Violation along with Armed Robbery Charges.

Johnson is a 39 Year Old, Black, Male, 6’3”, 230 lbs

If you have information as to the location of any of these offenders please call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 452-2076 or the U.S. Marshals in Lafayette, LA at (337) 262-6792.  Your identity can remain anonymous.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.