Louisiana Casino Robber Escapes from Jail, Sheriff Promises Disciplinary Action
An alleged armed casino robber escaped from a Louisiana jail this week and remains on the loose. The break-out was blamed on unspecified “employee error.”
Roller Avila, 19, of Donaldsonville, La., apparently snuck out from the Assumption Parish Detention Center on Tuesday evening. He was being held on an armed robbery charge.
Details on the escape were not released by the sheriff’s office. The office pledges to take “disciplinary action” against mistaken employees, WAFB, a local TV station, reported.
Since the breakout, Avila likely fled from the area. The jail is located near Napoleonville, La.
Lonny Cavalier, commander of the Assumption Sheriff office’s criminal administrative section, confirmed there was a “breach in operation protocol in maintaining the count of inmates.”
“Our facility is as secure as the people who work it,” Cavalier told WAFB. “We are making changes to make sure this does not happen again.”
Sheriff Leland Falcon has undertaken “an investigation and disciplinary action will be assessed accordingly to the responsible employee or employees,” Cavalier added.
Avila is Hispanic, about 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds. He was one of eight suspects who was involved in the robbery of Louisiana’s Cane Row Truck Stop & Casino on Sept. 29.
Besides Avila, some other suspects were identified as Jose Luis Gordillo, 18, of Gulfport, Miss., Hector Omar Barahona, 20, of New Orleans, La., and Brayon Chinchilla Pacheco, 18, of Harvey, La.
Also, earlier arrests include Jonathan Lopez, 19, also of Harvey, La., Norman D. Escalate, 18, of Terrytown, La., and an unnamed 17-year-old from Gretna, La.
Each was charged with armed robbery with a firearm. A 16-year-old from Marrero, La., was charged with being an accessory after the fact to armed robbery with a firearm.
Deputies are investigating if any of the suspects are connected to other robberies, The Advocate, a Baton Rouge, La. newspaper, reported. Besides Avila, most of the other suspects are in the Assumption Parish Detention Center
Pacheo is currently in custody in Kansas, incarcerated on several unrelated charges. He will face a charge in Louisiana after the Kansas charges are addressed in courts in that state.
Authorities did not say how much cash was stolen in the robbery.
Nevada Prison Escape
In an unrelated escape, last month Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2007 fatal bombing at a Las Vegas Strip casino, escaped from custody.
A few days later, he was apprehended in Las Vegas about to board a bus to Mexico. He was placed in another prison.
He was incarcerated since 2010 at the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs, Nev. It is largely a medium security prison.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General for the Nevada Department of Corrections will review the actions of the prison guards in connection with Duarte-Herrera’s escape.
Duarte-Herrera and a second defendant, Omar Rueda-Denvers, were convicted for the death of the victim.
He was Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio. He was killed after a pipe bomb exploded on the Luxor Hotel & Casino’s parking garage roof.
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