Kristopher Allen White enjoyed only brief minutes of fresh air and sunshine at approximately 11:00 a.m. today after he bolted from the Sheriff’s Office substation in Bogalusa.
White, 28, a resident of Highway 1056 in Washington Parish, was arrested by the Bogalusa Police Department on outstanding traffic warrants the evening of January 27 and placed in the Bogalusa City Jail. On January 28, 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. 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.
It is anticipated 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 stated, “I’m pleased we were able to capture him so quickly. 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.”