St. Charles prisoner escapes end 2 deputies’ jobs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 21, 2013

HAHNVILLE – St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne recently reported that the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office completed an internal investigation regarding the escape of Charles Conrad from the St. Charles Parish Corrections Center on July 2.
One deputy resigned under investigation.
A second deputy
was terminated for
violation of department polices and procedures related to both this incident as well as other job performance related matters. Since this involves personnel matters and security procedures, no additional information is available regarding this matter.
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.
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.