Missing inmate spotted

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 18, 2008

WATERPROOF — An inmate who escaped from a Catahoula Parish prison was reportedly spotted in southern Tensas Parish Wednesday night.

Froilan Carrias, 44, who is described as a 5 foot 4 inch tall, 130 to 140 pound Hispanic male, escaped from the Catahoula Correctional Center when he climbed a razor wire-topped fence July 10, Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly said.

After the reported sighting Wednesday night, the chase team from Tallulah was brought in, but Kelly said he did not know if Carrias had been re-apprehended.

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Authorities have no reason to consider Carrias dangerous at this time, Kelly said.

Carrias was also possibly sighted in Sicily Island Sunday evening, and though the chase team from Angloa was brought in for the pursuit he was not captured, Kelly said.

As of the last sighting, Carrias was wearing khaki-colored pants and a blue or maroon shirt, Kelly said.

To his knowledge, Carrias has never been convicted of anything, and was awaiting trial for a simple rape and domestic violence charge in Livingston Parish, Kelly said.