Mar 10, 2012 11:04 PM by Chris Welty

Two Escaped Inmates Back Behind Bars

It was quite a busy morning for law enforcement in Lafayette.

Twenty-two year old Kevin Gildhouse and 30 year old, Tony Jackson escaped from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center just after one-thirty Saturday morning after over powering a deputy.

The men were on the run for more than five hours before being captured near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery and Robley Drive in Lafayette. Gildhouse was arrested at the Super One Food Store and Jackson arrested across the street by the Valero gas station.

"Both men are facing aggravated escape charges and they are already facing very serious charges," said Captain Kip Judice with the Lafayette Sheriff's Department.

Both men already have a long criminal track record.
Kevin Gildhouse was in custody for the alleged first-degree murder of a cab driver back in 2009. Tony Jackson was being held on charges including armed carjacking with a firearm and armed robbery.

Just after 1:30 Saturday morning, the pair overpowered a deputy, using a homemade shank.

"The deputies described to us that it looked like a shear type of cutting instrument, but we have not recovered it," said Judice.

There were no injuries, but Gildhouse did leave the jail wearing a Lafayette Sheriff's Office uniform and Jackson was in his jump suit. While on the run, Jackson was able to change into a sweatshirt before deputies caught up with them.

No one from Super One could comment on camera, but employees told us that Gildhouse was inside the store, acting like any other customer, he even used the phone. Deputies swarmed the store about 6:30 and about 20 minutes later, rushed to the Valero across the street."

"I saw some cops running over, and some in their cars. They had everything surrounded and their guns were drawn," said Kireston Leopaul who works at Valero.

Moments later, Jackson was captured behind a dumpster at the gas station.

He told me he ran because he wanted to see his family and that he feels the legal system failed him.

"Because I had a trial and I lost it. I feel like the court system isn't ran right and they don't have anything on me."

There are many unanswered questions in this investigation, including how the men were able to slip out. Captain Kip Judice says they are reviewing what went wrong and will make necessary changes to their security.

Chris Welty



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