St. Charles inmate recaptured quickly

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2013

By Kimberly Hopson

Hahnville – An inmate who escaped from the Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility in St. Charles Parish on Tuesday was quickly apprehended and is now back behind bars along with two others uspected of aiding in the escape.
Charles Conrad III, 34, allegedly climbed a fence while working a kitchen detail at the facility and escaped around 4:30 a.m. with the help of Erica Williams, 36, a Kenner woman. Detectives determined that Conrad called Williams to pick him up in a vehicle. A warrant was issued for both Conrad and Williams on the same day.
Conrad was captured at the Travel Best
hotel on Veterans Boulevard in Kenner by members of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Task Force at 2:15 p.m.
Shortly after, Williams was arrested at her home on 937 Ronson St. in Kenner. Wendell Conrad was also arrested for picking up the inmate and renting the Kenner hotel room.
St. Charles Sheriff’s Office officials revealed that another inmate at the correctional facility, Keidrike Ayo, 24, was rebooked for assisting in the escape. Ayo allegedly made it possible for Conrad to escape by hiding him on a cart covered with garbage and empty boxes. Ayo then pushed Conrad on the cart outside the facility to the dumpster area.
Charles Conrad was transported back to the correctional faciliity, where he was charged with obstruction of justice and simple escape. His bond is $300,000. Ayo was re-booked
and charged with
assisting escape. His bond is $60,000. Wendell Conrad was booked with accessory to
simple escape and has a bond of $40,000. Williams was charged with principle to escape. Her bond is also $60,000.