3 teens escape from Bridge City juvenile detention center

Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 2:28 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2021 at 2:20 PM CST
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BRIDGE CITY, La. (WVUE) - Three incarcerated teens escaped early Sunday from the Bridge City Center for Youth detention facility, the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice confirmed an hour after the breakout first was reported by WVUE-Fox 8.

The escapees -- aged 18, 16, and 14 -- scaled the detention center’s perimeter fence to escape the facility sometime between 2-3 a.m. All three still were at large at least 12 hours later, according to a spokesperson for the OJJ, which manages the troubled Bridge City facility.

The detention facility was placed on lockdown after the escape, and the Louisiana State Police and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office were asked to lead the effort to recapture the teens, spokesperson Beth Touchet-Morgan said in a statement.

LSP identified the escapees as Damarion Simmons, 16, Devantae Payne, 14, and Errol Gillett, 18.

Gillett is believed to be from the St. Roch neighborhood of New Orleans and was in the detention center after being adjudicated delinquent for multiple incidents of armed robbery and vehicle theft.

Simmons, of Pointe Coupee Parish, was incarcerated for theft and sexual battery charges.

Payne is from St. Bernard Parish, the OJJ said. It was not immediately clear what his charges were.

Damarion Simmons, Devantae Payne, and Errol Gillett are on the run after escaping from the...
Damarion Simmons, Devantae Payne, and Errol Gillett are on the run after escaping from the Bridge City Youth Center.(LSP)

The facility from which they escaped is at 3225 River Road in Bridge City.

All three are believed to be traveling on foot.

Touchet-Morgan said no staff or other detainees were injured in the incident and that the campus was considered “secure” Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the escapees’ whereabouts is asked contact the Bridge City Center for Youth at (504) 436-4253, the Louisiana State Police, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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