Escaped sex offender and four-time felon from St. Tammany parish jail captured in Michigan


A registered sex offender with four felony convictions who escaped from the St. Tammany Parish jail Covington jail on Aug. 18, 2007 shortly after he was sentenced to serve a life sentence for attempted carjacking — was captured in Michigan this Friday and is heading back to Louisiana to serve out the remainder of his life term.

Kentucky native and sometimes construction worker, Tony Edward Massie, 44, was arrested in Garden City, Mich. for disorderly conduct, Sheriff Jack Strain said.

During processing in Michigan, Massie allegedly gave the arresting police officer a false name, but as it turns out, the sheriff’s office had already transmitted a photograph to Michigan law enforcement authorities and Massie’s fingerprints were already on file with a national fingerprint identification system – and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had issued multiple communications bearing Massie’s picture since his escape.

A sergeant with Garden City police noticed a similarity between the arrestee and the photograph, Strain said.

A quick check of Massie’s fingerprints confirmed his former classification as a Department of Corrections inmate and his status as a fugitive from St. Tammany Parish.

On Aug. 20, 2007, a state arrest warrant was issued by the 22nd Judicial District Court, Parish of St. Tammany, based on Massie’s escape. A federal warrant was issued for Massie’s arrest on Aug. 21, 2007, by the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, after Massie was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid confinement.

Published in: on November 18, 2007 at 5:48 am  Leave a Comment  

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