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Final Union Parish Escapee Caught

The second man who escaped from the Union Parish Detention Center back in February has been caught.
Benjamin Morana was caught in Phoenix, Arizona. (Union Parish Sheriff's Office)
Benjamin Morana was caught in Phoenix, Arizona. (Union Parish Sheriff's Office)

MESA, AZ. -- Union Parish Sheriff's deputies confirmed the second man who escaped from the Union Parish Detention Center back in February, 36-year-old Thomas Kinnaird, Jr., has been caught as of Friday morning.

Deputies said Kinnaird, Jr. of Ruston was found around 10:30 a.m. Friday in a homeless shelter in Mesa, Arizona.

Kinnaird, Jr. and 39-year-old Benjamin Morana of Junction City, both Department of Corrections prisoners, escaped from the detention center back on February 22nd. Farmerville Police said they managed to break through a door, stack a box at the bottom of the fence, throw a blanket over the barbed wire on top of the fence and climb over it.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said they may even have had help escaping from the area.

Kinnaird, Jr. had been serving time for several burglary charges and Morana had been in prison charged with Aggravated Incest.

Morana was caught and arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday.

Deputies said information obtained from Morana by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force led to Kinnaird, Jr.'s capture.

According to deputies, both men have been transported to the Maricopa County Jail. They are set to appear in court next week and will be extradited back to Union Parish.

It has so far been confirmed that Morana will now be charged with simple escape. Charges for Kinnaird, Jr. are pending.


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