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Search continues for man who escaped from Welsh jail

Last Modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 10:21 AM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

WELSH — The search continued Thursday for a man who escaped from authorities at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday as he was being booked into the Welsh jail.

Damien Guidry, 33, was initially picked up by police after officers saw him at a store, ran his name in a national crime database and learned he was wanted on a federal firearms charge, said Police Chief Marcus Crochet. He escaped shortly afterward.

“He was in handcuffs, and the officer had just taken them off to get him to sign for his property and escort him to jail,” Crochet said. “When the officer turned his back, he ran.”

He said Guidry should be considered armed and dangerous. Police have received information that Guidry, who has family in Texas and Crowley, may have left the area on a motorcycle.

He is 6-foot-3 and weighs 192 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black and white shorts. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Welsh police at 734-2626.

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