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Fugitive Keana Barnes captured in California


Baton Rouge, La.- Los Angeles Police arrest Keana Barnes, a fugitive on the run from Louisiana since her prison escape January 1.

According to law enforcement sources, an officer was giving Barnes a ticket for loitering Monday, when she allegedly gave police a fake name. That raised the officer's suspicions so they took her into custody. On the way, Barnes confessed her true identity and admitted she was an escapee from Louisiana. Investigators confirmed her identity using fingerprints.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is in contact with officials in California and will initiate extradition if needed.

Barnes is expected to be appear in Federal Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The 33 year old escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel the early morning hours of New Years Day.

She was serving a 25 year sentence for manslaughter in the deaths of two men.

Earlier this month U.S. Marshals added Barnes to their most wanted fugitives list and increased the reward for information in her capture to $25,000.

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