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UPDATE: Still No Sign Of Union Parish Escapees

One week later, the continues for two men who escaped from the Union Parish Detention Center last Saturday night.
Thomas Kinnaird, Jr. (Union Parish Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Kinnaird, Jr. (Union Parish Sheriff's Office)
Benjamin Morana was caught in Phoenix, Arizona. (Union Parish Sheriff's Office)
Benjamin Morana was caught in Phoenix, Arizona. (Union Parish Sheriff's Office)
UPDATE Saturday 5:30 p.m. :  It's been one week since 2 men escaped from the Union Parish Detention Center.
 
Thomas Kinnaird Jr., 36, of Ruston, and Benjamin Morana, 39, of Junction City escaped last Saturday night.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates believes the two had help in their escape. 

Anyone with information about the escapees are asked to call the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 368-3124.




UPDATE Thursday 10:30 a.m.
: Two inmates that escaped the Union Parish Detention Center are still on the run. 

Thomas Kinnaird Jr., 36, of Ruston, and Benjamin Morana, 39, of Junction City escaped Saturday night.

Earlier this week Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates believes the two had help in the escape. 

Anyone with information about the escapees are asked to call the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 368-3124.




UPDATE
: New details emerge this week of the escaped Union Parish inmates.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates believes the escape was no coincidence.

"We feel like it has been a planned deal the whole time," he said.

He believes before their breakout Saturday, they coordinated for outside help.

"May have picked them up due to the fact that we have not had any sightings of the inmates or not been any stolen vehicles. Or break ins in the area," Gates said.

Gates says Morana had access to a computer, meant for GED work in the law library of the prison. Officials say inmates are prohibited from using it for social media, but Morana may have used the computer to contact someone.

"One of the inmates for sure had family members out of state," said Gates.

Farmerville police said they found a pile of clothes at the prison fence.

"Looks like they scaled one of the back fences by placing blankets over the wire and crawling over," said Gates.

Law enforcement searched through Farmerville this weekend, finding another pile of clothes around Highland Road near Lake D'Arbonne.

"Correctional facility tracking dogs were able to track them to a certain point, to where they lost contact with them," said Gates. "We have interviewed several of the inmates who were in the same cell as both of the inmates."

It's unknown where they've gone, but officials think they've left the area.

"We do not believe that they are armed at this time but they are considered dangerous," said Gates.

We spoke to the warden, Donnie Adams, by phone -- who says security is still the same at the prison and that they're back to normal routine. He said they don't plan to increase security.

However, an investigation into the escape is being conducted by several law enforcement agencies.

"We are still conducting the investigation and will not stop until we apprehend them," said Gates.

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UPDATE:

A search for two state Department of Corrections prisoners continued Sunday after their escape Saturday night from the Union Parish Detention Center.

Sheriff Dusty Gates identified the two as Thomas Kinnaird Jr., 36, of Ruston, and Benjamin Morana, 39, of Junction City.

Kinnaird is described as a white male, 5 feet-10 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was serving time for simple burglary but has a history of violent crimes, the sheriff said.

Morana is described as a white male, 5 feet-9 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. Farmerville Police said he had been serving time for seven years so far for aggravated incest.

Gates said that he was told that the prisoners were in their cells when checked at 6 p.m.

Farmerville Police report they managed to get through a door between 6-9 p.m., stack a box next to the line of barbed wire at the foot of the fence, throw a blanket over the barbed wire at the top of the fence and climb over.

Law enforcement report they found a pile of clothes at the foot of the fence, which they used to gain their scent for their K-9 units.

Many police officers and other law enforcement searched until around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, discovering another pile of clothes around Highland Road on the outskirts of Farmerville near Lake D'Arbonne.

Police report their scent went cold beyond that and they believe the men may have gotten a ride out of town.

Police said inmates inside the detention center have been interviewed for details in the investigation.

The sheriff’s office does not operate the detention center.

Sheriff’s deputies, Farmerville police, DOC officers and the U.S. Marshal’s Office are participating in the search for the two men.

Gates said as of noon Sunday there had been no sightings of the escapees.



UPDATE Sunday 11:55 a.m. -- As of 11:55 a.m. Sunday, the Union Parish Sheriff's office tells KTVE/KARD there is still no sign of two Union Parish Detention Center escapees.

The two men, 36-year old Thomas Kinnaird, Jr. of Ruston and 39-year old Benjamin Morana of Junction City, La., escaped around 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

Kinnaird, Jr. was serving time for multiple burglary charges and Morana for charges of aggravated incest.

The sheriff's office reports no sightings of the two men have been reported at this time and no tips have been submitted.

According to the sheriff's office, a special fugitive task force from the U.S. Marshals Service is now assisting Union Parish law enforcement in tracking down the two men.

Sheriff's deputies continue to stress if you have seen either of these two men, call the sheriff's office immediately at 318-368-3124.

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UNION PARISH -- An official at the Union Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that there was a jail break Saturday at the Union Parish Detention Center.

It happened at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Deputies said two men escaped from the detention center and are still on the loose as of 11 p.m.

The escaped convicts are:

  • 36-year old Thomas Kinnaird, Jr. of Ruston. He's described as a white male, 5'10" weighing 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Kinnaird was serving time for multiple burglary charges.
  • 39-year old Benjamin Morana of Junction City, La. He's described as an Asian male, 5'9" weighing 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was serving time for aggravated incest.

Further descriptions have not been given by the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office is sending photos at this time. We'll update this article as we find out more information.
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