Bogalusa man back in custody after escaping work detail

Published 3:51 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017



A Bogalusa native who is in the custody of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office allegedly escaped from a work detail New Year’s Eve on Saturday.

However, he was caught the next day.

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said that Shawn Landry, 18, of Bogalusa, allegedly escaped a work detail outside the parish prison Saturday night. Landry then allegedly later stole a truck in Chalmette and ditched it in Slidell before he was caught outside a Slidell residence Sunday night, Pohlmann said.

Landry was serving one year in jail for a non-violent offense and had the status of a trusty prisoner when he allegedly ran from a corrections officer about 8:30 p.m. while taking garbage outside the prison, Pohlmann said.

It is believed that Landry — who was arrested last August for possession of a vehicle stolen in St. Tammany Parish — later burglarized a car in Chalmette about 1 a.m. Sunday, and found keys to a truck parked at the same location.

Landry then reportedly stole the truck, which was found abandoned about 6 a.m. Sunday on Highway 11 in Slidell, Pohlmann said.

After a day-long effort to find him, Landry was captured about 7 p.m. outside a residence in Slidell by officers from the St. Bernard and St. Tammany sheriff’s offices, Pohlmann said.

He was being held in St. Tammany Parish as a fugitive from St. Bernard Parish.

Landry, who pleaded guilty Dec. 7 to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to one year, still faced a stolen auto charge in St. Tammany when released from St. Bernard.

Now, he faces additional charges in St. Bernard Parish of escape from the prison, burglary and vehicle theft, Pohlmann said.