Inmate back in custody after breaking free, threatening to jump from ledge

Inmate on courthouse ledge pulled back into custody

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An inmate in shackles is back in custody after breaking free and threatening to jump from atop a wall behind the Orleans Parish Criminal District Courthouse.

The inmate was identified as Devontay Jenkins.

Jenkins, was restrained with ankle shackles and handcuffs, was transported to a holding area before a scheduled court appearance. He requested a bathroom break, but walked past a portable toilet, entered a stairwell in a secure area and got onto a wall of the old jail facility.

According to our partners at | The Times-Picayune, Jenkins was lured back by the offer of a cigarette, allowing deputies to grab him after coming close.

Jenkins was on the ledge for nearly an hour.

He had stripped his orange prison jumpsuit off and was sitting in boxer shorts, shackles and handcuffs.

Jenkins was originally charged with 12 counts of simple burglary, two counts of aggravated battery, simple robbery, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.  After the incident, Jenkins was taken to the OPSO medical clinic for observation.

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