Sheriff Craig Webre announced an inmate who escaped from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center has been charged for the escape along with one of his relatives. Inmate Larry Hampton (age 31) faces the charge of Simple Escape, and his relative, Leo Thompson Jr. (age 47) of Thibodaux is charged with Harboring a Fugitive.
Around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, correctional officers at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center noticed Inmate Larry Hampton was missing. Investigators discovered Hampton had kicked out a one-square-foot fan vent in the bathroom of the trustee dormitory and climbed through it before scaling the double perimeter fence of the Detention Center property. The top of the fences include sets of razor wire and barbed wire, and Inmate Hampton utilized a blanket and socks in an attempt to prevent injury. Investigators learned Hampton then proceeded to Thompson’s residence on Julia Street where he asked for assistance after suffering lacerations on the razor wire. Thompson admitted to assisting Hampton and provided him with clothing.
Early in the investigation, detectives realized Hampton was no longer in the area. Thanks to immediate public notification of the incident on the LPSO website and social media outlets, detectives received a tip verifying Hampton was no longer in the area, and he had been transported to another relative’s house just off River Road in Berwick. Detectives were already in that area as part of the investigation, and with the assistance of the Berwick Police Department, Hampton was located at the residence and taken into custody just before 10 a.m. on Thursday. He was transported back to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked on the new charge of Simple Escape. He is being held without bond due to a parole violation for which he initially turned himself in on Tuesday, December 6.
Following an investigation into Thompson’s actions, he was arrested and charged with Harboring a Fugitive. His bond is set at $25,000.