Inmate who escaped while taking out trash captured days later in Memphis

Jimmy Gioele, 37, was spotted at a Walmart in Memphis by an ERBSO deputy (Source: WBRSO)
Jimmy Gioele, 37, was spotted at a Walmart in Memphis by an ERBSO deputy (Source: WBRSO)
Updated: Mar. 26, 2019 at 5:03 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WAFB) - An inmate who escaped from the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail when he took out the trash Saturday, Mar. 23 was captured in Tennessee Monday, Mar. 25.

Jimmy Wayne Gioele, 37, was working as a kitchen trustee when he went to take trash out of the facility around 6:15 a.m. on Saturday. Gieole was under supervision as he was taking the trash out, but officials say due to very foggy conditions, they lost sight of him in the fields. An alert was issued for his capture.

WBRSO deputies received a tip that Gioele was at a Walmart in Tennessee. The Memphis Police Department responded to a suspicious person call at around 5:48 p.m. Monday, Mar. 25 at the Walmart in the 5200 block of Elvis Presley Boulevard. The caller stated he saw the escaped inmate at a Walmart trying to retrieve money from a Western Union.

The truck Gioele was driving was reported stolen from Baton Rouge.

“We started an administrative investigation on Saturday morning along with a criminal investigation, but it is now shifting mainly into the administrative investigation to determine and make sure policies were followed and if there are any adjustments we need to make to the policies,” said Major Bryan Doucet with WBRSO.

Memphis Police charged Gioele with one count of theft of property.

Gioele was serving time in West Baton Rouge on charges of simple burglary, unauthorized use of a moveable, possession of meth, and probation violation.

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