Mar 11, 2012 7:05 PM by Chris Welty

Inmates Purchase Cigarettes & Lighter Before Arrest

For more than five hours Saturday, two inmates led multiple agencies on a manhunt after escaping from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Kevin Gildhouse and Tony Jackson escaped just after one thirty Saturday morning. Both men are facing aggravated escape charges and already have a serious criminal track record. Gildhouse was in custody for the alleged first degree murder of a cab driver back in 2009. Jackson was being held on charges including armed carjacking with a firearm and armed robbery.

The men were captured near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery and Robley Drive in Lafayette.

Kevin Gildhouse walked in and purchased cigarettes and a lighter at the Circle K. Although we could not get a copy of the tape due to store policy and the sheriff's department investigation, store associates showed us the surveillance video.
In the footage, Gildhouse walks up to the register and makes his purchase and walks out. Minutes later, he was arrested at Super One Foods across the street and Tony Jackson was arrested behind a dumpster at the Valero next door.

Captain Kip Judice with the Lafayette Sheriff's department tells me the men walked to this location. Investigators retraced the inmates tracks and recovered numerous items including the sheriff's uniform shirt taken by Gildhouse when they overpowered the deputy with a homemade shank.

"Nobody was injured in this case and that's obviously the effort of all the investigative agencies working together. They did an awesome job making sure these guys were taken into custody without any additional injuries or anyone in harms way," said Judice.

When the deputy was overpowered, the inmates took his wallet which had a small amount of cash, which is presumed to be how the men paid for their purchase at Circle K.

Chris Welty



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