Man accidentally released from Elayn Hunt booked into EBRPP on kidnapping, other charges

Man accidentally released from Elayn Hunt booked into EBRPP on kidnapping, other charges

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One of the men suspected of helping a woman in robbing and kidnapping a man is now behind bars in Baton Rouge on a charge related to the incident.

Emanuel Jones, 30, of Covington, was booked Tuesday into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charges of second-degree kidnapping, armed robbery, carjacking and aggravated battery. His bond was set at $300,000.

The incident happened on Nov. 8, 2015 while Jones was allegedly supposed to be a work release inmate, but may have walked off the job. At the time, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said it had no records of any missing inmates.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Angelina Hooks, 22, was staying the weekend at the Radisson with a man, whom she allegedly lured outside the hotel by his car.

According to a police report, the victim told officers a man by the name of Emanuel Jones "came out of nowhere with a gun and demanded that he give him his property," and that he then "punched him about the torso and then struck him in the face with the handgun." The report also stated Jones "made him get into the trunk of his own vehicle" and the victim said he heard Jones and someone else talking about "finding a place to go and kill him."

Fortunately for that victim, another vehicle crashed into the back of the car, causing the trunk to pop open and allowing the victim to get away. Investigators said when the victim was later show a lineup, he was able to identify Jones, another suspect by the name of Xavier Criss and a third person whose name was not released.

According to authorities, Hooks turned herself into police in Pennsylvania and has been charged with principal to carjacking, second-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery and simple battery. Reports indicated Pennsylvania is her home state.

Jones also made headlines again Thursday when he was accidentally released from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said he was picked up from his home in Covington by his probation officer Friday afternoon.

Jones was assigned to EHCC serving a sentence for a conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jones had a pending charge of simple escape from West Baton Rouge from the December incident while assigned to the Transitional Work Program. He was booked on a simple escape charge on Jan. 13, 2016 and a detainer was subsequently sent to Elayn Hunt with that information.

Jones had a release date of Jan. 28, 2016. However, because of the detainer and pending escape charge, he should have been turned over to West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office on that date, instead of being released from DOC custody to the supervision.

Jones' release is still under investigation. However, from preliminary information gathered Friday, it appears that EHCC staff had information that should have prevented Jones from being released from custody. He should have been released to the detainer from West Baton Rouge Parish.

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