Orleans Parish inmate who scaled fence shortly before Super Bowl is recaptured

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 in Local Issues, NOPD


By Times-Picayune Staff
February 08, 2010, 6:43PM

An inmate who escaped from the Orleans Parish jail just hours before the Super Bowl on Sunday was recaptured Monday afternoon, a spokesman for Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman said.

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The sheriff’s office released very limited information about Reginald Knight’s escape, saying only that he was able to scale the “perimeter fence” in the 700 block of South White Street outside the facility’s Intake and Processing Center. The escape occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday.

“The reason for the escape seems to be human error for not following established procedures in place at the Sheriff’s Office,” a news release stated.

Knight was recaptured on Monday, said Marc Ehrhardt, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Ehrhardt would not release information about how Knight was apprehended, saying it would compromise the office’s investigation.

Knight, 40, was arrested on suspicion of theft of goods worth $500 and criminal trespassing, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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