Fugitives still at large

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Any fugitive should be considered dangerous, but the escapees from Allen are serving time for violent crimes. Through the morning law officers from around the area searched immediately around Allen Correctional Center-- in the woods; along the railroad track.

The inmates are believed to have gone over a fence into the wooded area southeast of the prison. The warden says dogs tracked them to a point and there they may have gotten a ride. It's not known if they have weapons, yet Allen Chief Deputy Grant Willis says the men should be considered armed and dangerous. "Do not approach them. If they come around asking questions, don't let them inside your door and call us, call 911. I feel that the investigation kind of shows that they may be out of the area at this point, but I don't want to take that for granted. We'll leave officers in the area patrolling."

Two of the escapees. Daniel Reeder and Troy Hargrave are both serving time for manslaughter. Reeder allegedly shot and killed his so-called live in companion in 2005 in the Shreveport area and is serving a thirty year sentence for manslaughter. He's 24 years old, five foot six and weighs about 140 pounds. Hargrave is serving a 40 year sentence for manslaughter. He's 32 years old, five nine and weighs 203 pounds.

29 year old Cecil Stratton is serving 25 years for a variety of offenses including simple escape, burglary, robbery, drug possession and flight from an officer. He is six foot one and 185 pounds. Investigators now consider Stratton's sister, Sidonia Marie Stratton, as a so-called person of interest. She's from Morgan City and is believed to be driving a 1998 beige Mercury Sable.

Again Willis says they don't want any citizens trying to be heroes. "If anyone sees a vehicle unfamiliar, anybody acting strangely or a vehicle that isn't normally seen in the area feel free call us. If they hear something and they're not sure if they want to check it out themselves, call us. We'll check it out."

It's not confirmed exactly what the offenders were wearing when they escaped. Anyone who thinks they may have spotted any of these men should call 911. Again, the car that belongs to Stratton's sister is a 1998 beige Mercury Sable. The license plate is OZK138.