Suspect captured after brief escape

Published 1:48 pm Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kristopher Allen White enjoyed only brief minutes of fresh air and sunshine at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, after he bolted from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office substation in Bogalusa.

Chief Deputy Mike Haley said that White, 28, a resident of Highway 1056 in Washington Parish, was arrested by the Bogalusa Police Department on outstanding traffic warrants Wednesday evening, and placed in the Bogalusa City Jail. On Thursday, he was transported to the Sheriff’s Office in Bogalusa for questioning about car burglaries and other thefts which have occurred in the Highway 439 area.



Haley said that during a break in the questioning, White was able to bolt through a door and emerged on Mississippi Avenue. The barefooted White was wearing handcuffs and leg shackles so it was anticipated that he would not be able to get out of the neighborhood.

A search began immediately, focusing on the immediate area. A perimeter was established and the canine team from Rayburn Correctional Center was asked to assist. Meanwhile, after a brief search of the area, White was discovered hiding in a shed behind the office of Bogalusa City Judge Robert Black. He was taken into custody without incident.

Haley said it is likely that White will be charged with vehicle burglaries as well as escape. After a stay in the Bogalusa jail, he is expected to be transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Sheriff Randy Seal said that several agencies worked together to quickly re-capture White.

“I’m pleased we were able to capture him so quickly,” Seal said. “It is ironic that he was behind Judge Black’s office. Perhaps he was making his way there to seek legal advice. He certainly will need some now.

“I appreciate the quick response of our officers, the Bogalusa Police Department and the Rayburn officers. When officers from various agencies come together, we work as one law enforcement family. All of these officers are a fantastic asset to our parish.”