Update: One juvenile escaped inmate caught, second was not inside barricaded residence

BATON ROUGE — Multiple agencies were on the scene of residence on Willard St. where the juveniles who escaped the EBR detention center, were barricaded. One of the escaped inmates came out as well as another person, but the second escaped inmate was not in the residence.

David Atkins & Willie Jackson, both 17, escaped from the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center on Nov. 25 around 8:30 p.m. through a faulty door. Both are facing murder charges and have been on the run since they escaped.

The recent escape was the second time Atkins was able to free himself from the detention center in a matter of 10 days. He escaped on Nov. 14 around 9:10 p.m. with another juvenile inmate. Both were captured within 24 hours.

Multiple law enforcement agencies gathered information that at least one, possibly both, of the escaped juvenile inmates were inside a residence on Willard St. in Baton Rouge, that’s near LSU on Tuesday morning, Dec. 5. Upwards of three people in total were considered to be in the residence, both escaped inmates and a third person.

However, after several hours of negotiating and tactics to force them out, Jackson and another person came out but Atkins was not in the residence, per sources.

Sources told UWK that BRPD, EBRSO and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force were on the scene as well as BRPD’s Swat team trying to get them to come out. It was an active scene since at least 9 a.m.

No further details were immediately available on the escaped juveniles barricaded.

A motion is currently pending to move Atkins out of the juvenile detention center to the adult parish prison, but before it could be ruled upon, Atkins escaped for the second time and has been on the run ever since.

The recent escapes have brought the issue of whether a 17-year-old should be considered a juvenile or an adult back to the forefront. It’s also a topic Governor-Elect Jeff Landry’s transition team says they’re exploring to change a 17-year-old’s status back to being considered an adult.

That means a 17-year-old would go to Parish Prison, instead of to the juvenile detention center when arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish. However, opponents of that idea say a 17-year-old is a juvenile and the current law needs to stay in place.

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