A convicted rapist who escaped from a Mississippi jail this week by identifying himself as his brother was found early Wednesday morning hiding at a relative’s home in Kenner, authorities said.
Douglas Stevenson Jr., 29, was sentenced in September to 50 years in prison for kidnapping a woman at gunpoint and raping her, according to The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss.
His brother, Fernandez Stevenson, was to be released Monday after serving 21 days for a drug conviction, the newspaper reported.
Douglas Stevenson was in the same Pike County jail and was waiting outside a cell to be picked up by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and taken to a state prison when he identified himself as his brother, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
He was processed and walked out of the jail about 7:50 p.m. before officials became aware of the mistake and began to search for the fugitive.
Authorities from several agencies tracked Douglas Stevenson to a relative’s home in the 400 block of Clay Street in Kenner and arrested him about 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Stevenson on Wednesday evening was awaiting extradition back to Mississippi at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, according to jail records.