Natchitoches escapee captured by U.S. Marshals


An escaped Natchitoches Parish Detention Center inmate was captured over 2,000 miles away, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

Natchitoches Parish Asst. Chief of Corrections Roger Henson said Willie E. Ethridge, 34, who escaped Aug. 27, was captured in Portland, Ore. by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

Ethridge was serving time until 2037 for attempted second degree murder and two-counts of armed robbery.

U.S. Marshals will transport Ethridge back to an undisclosed Louisiana correctional facility at a later date.

Additional charges of simple escape, etc. are pending.

Asst. Chief Henson said escapees Michael Elliot and Walshea Mitchell remain at-large although agencies are following up on leads and tips in an effort to capture these individuals.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Elliot or Walshea Mitchell can contact the NPSO at 318-352-6432, 911, or a local law enforcement agency. A reward is being offered for specific information leading to the capture of the escapees.

One thought on “Natchitoches escapee captured by U.S. Marshals

  1. This escaped felon didn’t get that far without help. I hope the authorities will look charging those who aided and abetted the escapee.

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