Escaped St. Mary Parish inmates have been captured

St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 1:14pm

Escaped inmates Christopher Horton and Joshua Folks are now in custody.  St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies tell KADN they're continuing their investigation. They tell us they'll release more information soon about the capture of Horton and Folks. 

The investigation into the escape of Horton and Folks indicates that the inmates made their way into the ceiling of the prison and through the roof of the jail before making their way down a wall at approximately 10:30 pm Sunday.

At approximately 4:00 am Monday, during a periodic check of inmates, Horton and Folks were found to be missing from their assigned jail cells.

Following standard procedure, the jail was placed on lockdown and personnel conducted a search of the facility in its entirety. Following that effort, the search was expanded to the surrounding woods and grounds.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) to area agencies. The inmates were listed as escaped with the National Crime Information Center; schools in the area were notified; and the parish First Call emergency alert system was implemented.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of St. Mary Parish Government secured the breached area of the jail facility.

At approximately 11:00 am on Tuesday, Horton and Folks were located near the railroad tracks in Lafayette by Lafayette Police while responding to a complaint of trespassing.

The two inmates were apprehended without incident.

Horton and Folks are charged on warrants for simple escape and criminal damage to property. The investigation is ongoing.   


 St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office is currently searching for two inmates who escaped from jail.

The inmates are identified as Christopher Horton, 28, of Bayou Vista, and Joshua Folks, 36, of Franklin.

Christopher Horton is described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with blond hair and brown eyes.

Joshua Folks is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Horton is incarcerated for second-degree murder and arson, among other charges.

Folks is incarcerated for theft and aggravated escape.

Both Horton and Folks should be considered dangerous.

Anyone who sees Horton or Folks should contact their local law enforcement agency.

Anyone who may have any information regarding Horton or Folks or their whereabouts should contact our offices at 985-384-1622 or 337-828-1960.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) to area departments.

The inmates have been listed as escaped with the National Crime Information Center; schools in the area have been notified; and the parish one call system was implemented.   


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