UPDATE (8/1/17): The second of two inmates who escaped from their work release job at Foster Farms in Farmerville the night of July 23 surrendered Monday night at the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Tony Allen Smith, 33, who was a state prisoner being held at Richwood Correctional Center, turned himself in after Union and Ouachita parish deputies “were just minutes behind him everywhere he tried to hide out.”

Smith and Dustin Desadier, 26, walked away from their job at Foster Farms just before midnight on July 23. Desadier was captured Wednesday afternoon when deputies learned the two were at a house on Barnes Bridges Road in the Spearsville area. They ran out of the house when deputies arrived and fled into the woods. Smith escaped capture at that time.

Smith was booked Monday night into the Union Parish Detention Center in Farmerville charged with simple escape.

Sheriff’s investigators last week also booked a Spearsville couple for letting the duo hide out at their residence at 574 Barnes Bridges Road.

Desadier is being held in the Union Parish Detention Center charged with simple escape and four counts of resisting an officer.

The owners of the residence at 574 Barnes Bridges Rd., Michael Joe Hamilton, 42, and Amy Lynn Hamilton, 40, were booked Wednesday on two counts each for obstruction of justice (harboring fugitives). After further investigation, Gates said they have additionally been booked for possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number and accessory after the fact for simple escape.

Gates said deputies found a sawed-off double barrel shotgun inside the residence.

According to one of the investigators, deputies from Union and Ouachita parishes were “hot on (Smith’s) trail. He didn’t just give himself up. He didn’t have anywhere else to go.”



Union Parish sheriff’s deputies have captured one escaped inmate and are searching for another one who is still at-large.

Captured in the woods off Barnes Bridges Road near Spearsville Wednesday afternoon was Dustin Desadier, 26, a state prisoner from Richwood Correctional Center. Desadier and another inmate, Tony A. Smith, 33, escaped from their work release site at Foster Farms near Farmerville around 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Sheriff Dusty Gates said. Desadier was booked into the parish detention center in Farmerville.

The owners of the residence at 574 Barnes Bridge Rd., Michael Joe Hamilton, 42, and Amy Lynn Hamilton, 40, were also arrested. Amy Hamilton denied knowing who the subjects were, but Michael Hamiliton later advised detectives that he knew the subjects were wanted and he agreed to let them hide out. He advised the two escaped prisoners arrived at the house daylight on Tuesday morning.  Michael and Amy Hamilton were booked on two counts of obstructing justice (harboring a fugitive) and Desadier, who is charged with escape, also faces four additional counts of resisting an officer, Gates said.

He had refused to surrender after deputies caught up with him in the woods, the sheriff said.

Gates said detectives along with the department’s narcotics team, a dog team from David Wade Correctional Center and other law enforcement officers searched the Barnes Bridge community until 9 p.m. Wednesday for Smith. The search was called off at that time.

The sheriff said when deputies arrived at the house about 3 p.m. Wednesday that the two escaped prisoners ran out of the house into the woods.

Anyone who might know Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 318.368.3124 or their nearest law enforcement agency. Gates said Smith was last seen in the area of Walter road near Spearsville Wednesday night. The sheriff advised that Smith should not be approached, but one should contact the sheriff’s office immediately.



The Union Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for two inmates who escaped from a work release program.

Officials are searching for Tony Smith, 33 of Farmerville and Dustin Desadier, 26 of Winnfield.

Both subjects are Richwood Correctional Center work release inmates who were working at Foster Farms.

Both were last seen working around midnight at Foster Farms.

If you have any information contact UPSO at 318-368-3124 or Crime Stoppers of Union Parish at 318-368-9679.

You are asked not to approach if these inmates are seen.