February 23rd, 2010
05:27 PM ET

More arrests in alleged killer's escape


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/22/art.crime.rodriguez.missing.jpg caption="Carlos Rodriguez, 39, escaped from the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Saturday night. "]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Two fellow inmates have been arrested in connection with an alleged killer’s escape from a Louisiana jail.

Kristopher Jones, 25, and Jared Graham, 20, were charged today with assisting Carlos Rodriguez escape from the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Saturday night, authorities said in a statement.

Jones and Graham helped Rodriguez, 39, break out from the inside, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Graham was recently convicted of second degree murder. Jones is awaiting trial for aggravated burglary.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/t1.crime.kristopher.jones.jpg caption="Kristopher Jones, 25, was charged today with assisting Rodriguez in his escape. "]

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/t1.crime.jared.graham.jpg caption="Jared Graham, 20, was also charged with assisting in the escape."]

The arrests come a day after another man was charged with helping Rodriguez.

Jacob Jones was arrested early Monday morning. The 20-year-old has been charged with assisting escape and is being held on $100,000 bond, said Capt. George Bonnett of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Jones was waiting in a car outside the St. Tammany Jail on Saturday night, Bonnett told CNN. He allegedly drove Rodriguez to Jefferson Parish where he dropped him off.

Rodriguez, who is to stand trial for murder next year, was being housed in dorm-style containment area, Bonnett said. The search for the fugitive has involved hundreds of deputies and multiple law enforcement agencies.

The manhunt is now focused on Jefferson Parish. “We believe he is still in that area,” he said. “I don’t know if he’s armed or not, we certainly consider him dangerous.”

Temporary extra security measures have been taken at the detention center, but Bonnett would not comment on the exact nature of the escape. “We don’t want to broadcast something that might be able to be exploited again,” he said. “We’re obviously reviewing our internal policies and procedures.”

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