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Authorities capture inmate who escaped from Cameron Parish jail

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Billy James Lacombe. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office) Billy James Lacombe. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)
Karen Guidry. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office) Karen Guidry. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)
Wilfred Lacombe Jr. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office) Wilfred Lacombe Jr. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)
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CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Authorities have captured the inmate who escaped from the Cameron Parish Jail Tuesday night.

Billy James Lacombe, 45, managed to break out of the jail around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.  But he was back in custody by 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Lacombe had a long criminal history already-- and now it's even longer after his escape.  As Cameron deputies escorted him from the place of his arrest to the patrol car he mugged for the camera.   

"Oh Lord! I'm on camera? What's happening," he says.

Lacombe was arrested soon after a deputy spotted him in an alley between two businesses in Cameron and then hiding in nearby bushes.  That deputy, David Hebert, says Lacombe knew they had him.

"We approached him in the woods.  I seen him.  I lost visual on him for about a minute and then I seen his shirt and advised him it was sheriff's office and he was under arrest and he come out with no resistance," said Lacombe.

Sheriff Ron Johnson says Lacombe escaped after pushing past deputies and breaking through a weak spot in a wall.

"The inmate actually pushed one to the side.  One was on another task and actually pushed one in another area and got out of an unlocked door.  He got downstairs and crawled out of like a construction hole in that's in the basement area," said Johnson.

Johnson says Lacombe had help from two people sitting in what deputies believe might have been the get away car in the Cameron motel parking lot.

When the old Chevy was first spotted there was a man and a woman inside.  Turned out to be the girlfriend and the brother of the man who escaped.

Johnson says phone recordings show they planned it. He's pleased the capture went well.

"Thank God no one was hurt and he was arrested without incident. We was concerned for the public safety because of the inmate's record," said Johnson. 

The way Hebert sees it, "He was probably just ready to give up because it's hot.  He ain't had no water or nothing to eat or anything like that.  You could tell he was dehydrated. So he was really thankful, I think,  to be arrested.  Because the mosquitos and everything else.  It's not a fun place to be out in the marsh in Cameron Parish."

 Hebert says solid training and the fact he was in an unmarked car helped them to close in on Lacombe before he realized they had him.  So now he's back in jail.

"You have the right to remain silent," said the deputy, reading Lacombe is rights as he walked him inside the jail.  Lacombe is no doubt under tight security now.  And officials are looking forward to completion of the new and improved Cameron Parish Jail now under construction.

As far as they know Lacombe didn't commit any other crimes while he was on the loose.  Lacombe was in the Cameron jail awaiting trial for criminal trespass and theft. 

According to Johnson, human error led to the escape but the incident is still under investigation. Wilfred Lacombe, 49, and Karen Guidry, 22, have been arrested for allegedly assisting the escape. Wilfred Lacombe is Billy Lacombe's brother.  

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