Three dangerous convicts escape jail

Authorities are on the hunt for three inmates who escaped from the Avoyelles Parish Jail, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The inmates escaped after holding a correctional officer at knifepoint, a news release said. The officer was opening the door to a holding cell to provide water to inmates when inmate Quentin M. Truehill brandished a handmade knife, held it to the officer's throat and threatened to kill him, according to the release.

As the officer began to comply with Truehill’s demands, another officer attempted to intervene and was cut on the hand, the release said. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson and Peter M. Hughes all fled the jail.

Authorities tracked the escapees into a wooded area near state Highway 1.

Authorities said it was apparent that the three were picked up by an accomplice near an old Wal-Mart building in Marksville.

According to the U.S. Marshals: Truehill, 22, is serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter; Hughes, 22, is serving a four-year sentence for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; and Johnson, 39, is serving a 10-year parole violation.

Anyone with information can call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 452-2076 or the U.S. Marshals in Lafayette, La., at (337) 262-6792. Your identity can remain anonymous.

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