CRIME

Suspect in armed robbery escapes Assumption Parish jail; later captured in Jefferson Parish

Staff Report
Roller Avila, 19

An inmate escaped the Assumption Parish detention facility in Napoleonville and was caught a day later on the west bank of Jefferson Parish.

In a news release, the sheriff originally reported 19-year-old Roller Avila escaped after being held as a suspect in an armed robbery.

He was described as 5-foot-9 and 125 pounds.

The Sheriff's Office previously reported eight arrests in connection with an armed robbery at the Cane Row truck stop, casino, and RV park, which is located near Donaldsonville.

According to APSO, Avila scaled security measures and made his way off the detention center property. Investigating detectives tracked him to the Gretna area. They partnered with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Gretna Police Department in arresting Avila at an apartment in Gretna.

As a result of an internal investigation into the escape, one employee resigned in lieu of termination. As this is an internal administrative matter, the corrections officer’s identity was not released. The internal investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff extended his appreciation to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Gretna Police Department, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Marshall’s Office for their assistance.Avila was incarcerated in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Correction Complex pending transfer to Assumption Parish where he is facing additional charges.