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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive Killer and Escapee Captured in California
D.C. – A convicted killer and prison escapee who was added to the U.S. Marshals
Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list just 11 days ago was arrested Monday in
alert Los Angeles police officers arrested Keana Barnes after they came across
her near the area known as Skid Row. After initially refusing to identify
herself, Barnes confessed her identity and said she was wanted for escaping
from a Louisiana prison.
arrest ends a multi-agency, nationwide search for the convicted killer who
escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in January. Barnes
was discovered missing and prison officials found broken glass from the window
in her cell. Barnes was serving a 25-year sentence after being convicted on two
counts of manslaughter in 2002.
apprehension of Keana Barnes bodes well for the safety and security of our
citizenry. I am personally gratified by the effort put forth by the entire law
enforcement community in securing her arrest,” said U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison,
Middle District of Louisiana. “Movies often portray running from the law as a
glamorous, carefree adventure – the truth of the matter is nothing can be more
stressful. I have no doubt the pressure applied by the U.S. Marshals made her
life extremely difficult from the minute she ran to the minute she was caught.”
has a criminal history dating back to 1999 with prior convictions for
aggravated assault, battery, theft and manslaughter. In March 2002, she was
arrested by the New Orleans Police Department for fatally stabbing her victim
17 times. One year later in March 2003, pending the outcome of her murder
trial, Barnes shot and killed a man while he slept in a New Orleans apartment.
extremely violent criminal history landed Barnes on our 15 Most Wanted list,”
Assistant Director for Investigative Operations William D. Snelson said.
“Thanks to the tenacity of our criminal investigators and Los Angeles Police
Department’s quick action, law enforcement has taken another dangerous fugitive
off the streets.”
"I would like to thank all local, state and federal law
enforcement authorities for their valuable assistance in the search for and
capture of offender Keana Barnes, especially the Los Angeles Police Department
and the U.S. Marshals Service," said Louisiana Department of Public Safety
and Correction Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc. "The Department of Corrections
will bring Barnes back to Louisiana as soon as the court allow