Orleans Parish escapee captured at BR hotel

An inmate who escaped late Friday from a tent at the Orleans Parish Prison was captured Sunday morning at a hotel in Baton Rouge, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputies and members of the U.S. Marshals Service captured Mitchell Manning, 40, without incident less than 36 hours after deputies at the prison discovered he had escaped, a Sheriff’s Office new release says.

Deputies also arrested Tawaina White, 30, with assisting in a simple escape after she admitted she gave Manning money and a cellphone, the release says.

She also violated a protective order issued by a court related to Manning’s Jan. 11 arrest on domestic abuse battery, the release says.

A sheriff’s deputy patrolling the tents, which are used as temporary housing units at the Parish Prison, noticed damage to one of the tents just before midnight Friday. The deputy reported the incident and later determined that Manning had escaped from the tent.

Each tent was staffed properly at the time of the incident and the deputy, who noticed the damage, was conducting a routine nightly patrol around the outside of the tent area, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Manning was booked into the jail Jan. 11 on counts of domestic abuse battery, home invasion, simple criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He now faces additional counts of simple escape and criminal damage to property of more than $500, the release says.

Prior to his Jan. 11 arrest, Manning was free on $45,000 bail while awaiting trial on a charge of distribution of cocaine.