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Vernon Parish Jail guards stop escape attempt by homicide suspects

Jose Israel Ayala III. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) Jose Israel Ayala III. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Joshua X Griffin. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) Joshua X Griffin. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Two Vernon Parish Jail guards were injured Tuesday night when two homicide suspects attempted to escape.

Vernon Sheriff Sam Craft said Jose Ayala III, 24, and Joshua X Griffin, 26, tried to escape when jail personnel were administering routine medical assistance in solitary confinement.

"When the jailer opened the door of the cell, he was attacked by the two inmates, who struck the jailer several times," Craft said Wednesday in a news release. "Ayala then fled from the cell to the front office of the jail, while Griffin and the jailer continued to struggle in the cell... Ayala then attacked a second jailer who was in the front office."

Craft said the guards were able to force the inmates back into their cell.

One of the guards sustained minor injuries, while the other received moderate injuries, Craft said. Both were later released from a local hospital.

Ayala, from Leesville, was charged with one count of attempted aggravated escape, introducing contraband into a correctional facility and two counts of battery of a correctional officer.

Ayala was arrested July 3 on a charge of second-degree murder. Ayala is a suspect in the disappearance of James N. Stephens, the Rosepine man who was reported missing March 29. Authorities located human remains near La. 1211 in Vernon Parish in early July. The remains were sent to LSU's FACES Laboratory for identification, but authorities said they believe it was Stephens.

Griffin, of Leesville, was charged with one count of attempted aggravated escape, introducing contraband into a correctional facility and battery of a correctional officer.

Griffin was arrested April 2011 on a first-degree murder charge. He is a suspect in the fatal stabbing of Jason Perry, of Rosepine. His trials is set for October 20.

Bond was pending for both men, and the investigation is ongoing.

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