Three Louisiana Juvenile Escapees And Guard Accused Of Helping Them Captured In Texas

Video footage shows them walking out of a youth detention center with the guard’s aid.

Three teens who escaped Saturday (May 14) from a Louisiana juvenile detention facility and the guard who helped them were captured the next day at a Houston motel, WVUE reports.

Officers from the Houston Police Department apprehended the four fugitives and one of the escapee’s relatives who was with them. The police had their getaway vehicle under surveillance and arrested the suspects without incident when they returned to the car at the motel.

Louisiana authorities identified the three juvenile escapees as Tyjuan Lafitte, 17; Na'varaya Lane, 17; and Jeremiah Durham, 15, CBS News reported. All three were considered dangerous. Lafitte was charged with attempted first-degree murder, Lane with attempted second-degree murder and Durham with armed robbery.

Red River Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana said video footage showed security guard Victoria Tune, 21, taking the juvenile inmates off the premises of the Ware Youth Center in Coushatta just before 3:00 a.m. They fled in a white 2010 Pontiac that they apparently drove to Texas.

Authorities didn’t realize that the inmates were gone until shift change at about 6:50 a.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office said.

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Lt. Troy Murray, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the escapees will be extradited back to Louisiana where they face additional charges related to breaking out. Tune faces three counts of accessory to simple escape.

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