Missing inmate found by NPD in bathroom

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 30, 2008

VIDALIA — The inmate trusty who allegedly fled the Concordia Parish courthouse was apprehended by the Natchez Police Department Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. a Natchez patrol officer received information from a source on the street that Derrick K. Barber was in the city, Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said.

With another officer, the patrolman was able to locate Barber at the former Firestone building on East Franklin Street, Mullins said.

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Barber, who was reportedly hiding in a bathroom, was arrested without incident, Mullins said.

In a statement, Concordia Parish Sheriff Randy Maxwell expressed appreciation to the Natchez police for their assistance, and said that Barber will be charged with simple escape.

In a separate statement that was released following Barber’s arrest, the CPSO said that — while the matter is under investigation — it was believed that Barber possibly hid in the jail’s kitchen area and then left the facility through a rear door after the jailer went into the cell block area early Saturday morning.

Barber, 38, was incarcerated on a probation-parole violation, and had only two weeks left in the time he had to serve for the probation revocation.

Before his capture Wednesday, his most recent arrests had been for theft and resisting arrest.