Livingston authorities seek escaped inmate

Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies and Louisiana Workforce LLC searched Monday for an offender who walked away from his work release job Monday morning.

Tederick Bessie, 30, of Baton Rouge, walked away from Elmer’s Chocolate Factory in Ponchatoula at about 6 a.m., Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said.

Bessie is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs about 190 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans with white writing on the back pockets.

Bessie is serving time for simple robbery and was set to be released in January 2015.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 686-2241 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.