DOC officials issue BOLO after inmate walks off of work detail

5:50 p.m. UPDATE: A Department of Corrections escapee is back in custody following short-lived freedom. Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department are credited with capturing 39-year-old Grant Bailey, Jr., with assistance from the Dixon Correctional Institute and Elayn Hunt Correctional Center chase teams. He walked off of his Department of Public Safety and Correctional Headquarters work detail shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, and officers captured him about 4:35 p.m. on River Road south of LSU.

ORIGINAL:

A manhunt is underway for an escaped inmate who walked off of his work detail at the Department of Public Safety and Corrections headquarters in Baton Rouge this afternoon. Authorities are searching for 39-year-old Grant Bailey, Jr., originally from Haynesville, Louisiana.

Bailey is serving a 50 year sentence for attempted second degree murder and a 10 year sentence for theft. Bailey's good time release date is scheduled for November 15, 2023.

He was convicted in Webster Parish on July 7, 1997. He was transferred to Dixon Correctional Institute on July 1, 2019, and began his work detail at DOC headquarters on July 11, 2019.

Bailey was last seen at Department headquarters around 1 p.m. today, he was discovered missing approximately an hour later.

If you know the whereabouts of Bailey please call Dixon Correctional Institute at 225-634-6000, 225-634-1200, or 225-360-5142.

Contributed by La. Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections