Angola Inmate Captured After 5 Days on the Run

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 8:06am

Angola State Penitentiary Officials aren't releasing much information, but they say 44-year-old Henry Smith has been captured.

Smith escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary on Thursday, September 10th. He was working on a prison litter detail when he escaped into the densely wooded area surrounding Angola.

Since his escape, all visits to the prison have been canceled. Angola search teams have been assisted by local, state and federal law enforcement and correctional officers including Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, Avoyelles Correctional Center, Dixon Correctional institute and Sheriff Office's from West Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, East Baton Rouge, LaFourche, Pointe Coupee, St. Tammany, Concordia, Livingston and, West Feliciana, Zachary and Baker Police Departments, LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LA State Police and US Marshals Service.

They searched around the clock in the densely wooded, rugged terrain along Highway 66 - which is the main rout in and out of Angola.

As a result of Smith's Escape, LA Wildlife and Fisheries has closed down the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area. In addition the West Feliciana School System shut down Tunica Elementary. Students have been transported to Bains and Bains Lower Elementary Schools in St. Francisville. Now that Smith has been captured, the school system says students will return to Tunica Elementary tomorrow. Today, they remain at Bains Lower Elementary in St. Francisville.