Escapee surrenders to chaplain

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 6, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. – A Concordia Parish Correctional Facility inmate who escaped from his choir group at a Ferriday church Sunday afternoon turned himself in early Monday, said Sheriff Randy Maxwell.

Ishmael Green, 30, address unavailable, came back to the church, Deliverance Temple Baptist Church, at about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

After talking with the church’s pastor, the two called prison Chaplain Mark Richardson, who picked Green up at the church and drove him back to the prison, Maxwell said.

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Green was a member of the prison’s choir and had just helped set up equipment for a performance at Deliverance Temple Baptist Church when he fled on foot early Sunday afternoon.

Deputies supervising the choir ran after Green but were unable to catch him, Maxwell said. From there, Green ran to E.E. Wallace Boulevard, where he attempted to steal a car.

He then ran to Seventh Street, where he threatened to kill a nearby resident if he did not drive him to another location, according to Sheriff’s Office reports. Green then fled the scene after the resident called the Sheriff’s Office.

Green now faces charges of simple escape, attempted auto theft and criminal damage to property, Maxwell said. Previously, Green had less than one year left for a probation violation.

&uot;He was apparently having problems with his children, … and we think that’s why he (escaped),&uot;&160;Maxwell said.

The facility’s choir program has been temporarily stopped until Maxwell can review what happened and how the situation might have been prevented.

Residents near the prison and the church, both located on Louisiana 15, expressed varying degrees of concern about Sunday’s escape and the April 9 escape of Pablo Menendez, a trusty who walked away from the facility’s recreation yard and has still not been found.

&uot;I found out about (Green’s) escape just by talking with members of the choir, and I&160;was … scared he’d come into my (apartment),&uot;&160;said Quolice Whitley, a resident of nearby Montgomery Square Apartments.

&uot;But I knew he had to have some personal problems to want to escape, especially when he didn’t have much time left to serve.&uot;

Others are not concerned at all.

&uot;It doesn’t bother me, because if they escape, they’re going to try to get as far away from here as they can,&uot;&160;said Angela Snyder, also a Montgomery Square resident.

&uot;I’m not that concerned, because they’re going to go somewhere other than here,&uot;&160;said Thomas McGowan, who lives just off Louisiana 3232 northeast of the facility.