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Escapee sought in Lincoln Parish

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office and Ruston Police are searching for an escaped inmate, Dekedrick Mardis.

Friday evening, Dekedrick Dontez Mardis was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center of drug charges and illegally carrying a weapon. Mardis had no ID when he was arrested and gave officers a false name, and was booked under that false name.

During the booking process, he was seated, awaiting a transfer for fingerprinting. According to the report, as a sliding door was being closed, allowing officers to leave the jail, Mardis ran through the doors and passed the officers. He was able to continue his escaped as the bay door was open because it recently stopped working.

Mardis was pursued on foot crossing over Louisiana 33, and into a wooded area. LPSO and Ruston Police sealed off the area and began to search along with the K9 Chase Team and LSP Air Wing.

Mardis was sighted on Burgessville Road, where he attempted to enter a home.

If you have any information, call LSPO at (318)251-5111.

Mardis is facing charges of simple escape and attempted unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

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