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For Immediate Release

April 13, 2010

Contact: Corey Britt, Deputy US Marshal
(337) 262-6792 office
(337) 251-6921 cell
Avoyelles Parish Escapees Captured In Miami

Lafayette, LA – On Tuesday March 30th at approximately 1:40 a.m., three inmates Quentin M. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson, and Peter M. Hughes escaped from the Avoyelles Parish Jail in Marksville, Louisiana. The inmates escaped after they armed themselves with a make shift knife and held it to the throat of a Correctional Officer (CO) and forced 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 Truehill brandished a handmade knife, held it to the throat of the CO, and threatened 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.   All three subjects fled the jail facility on foot. Law Enforcement officers and police K-9 dogs gave chase but lost the suspects in a wooded area. Later that same day, the suspects stole a 2006 black Chevy 2500 extended cab pickup truck from a home in Marksville, Louisiana.


US Marshals Task Force Officers in Alexandria, Lafayette, and New Orleans pursued multiple leads in Lafayette, Broussard, and then New Orleans, to no avail.  On April 7th the stolen truck was recovered at 10800 Collins Ave (Haulover Park) in Miami.  Since April 7th the investigation concentrated on multiple leads in the Miami area.  The US Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force in Miami along with the Miami Dade Police Department ultimately located and arrested all three escapees at approximately 8:00 p.m. last night.  Two were arrested as they were leaving the Budget Inn located at 8929 NW 27 Avenue in Miami. The escapees had just rented a room at that motel earlier that day. The third escapee was apprehended by Task Force Officers a few blocks away.  Miami Beach detectives and U.S. Marshals Task Force officers also arrested 40-year old Shirley Marcus and charged her with Harboring a Fugitive and Accessory After the Fact. The escapees were driving her vehicle when they were arrested.    


Tommy Hancock, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”

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