Police dogs find escapee wanted for attempted murder & armed robbery

Ryan Oneal Boatner (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)
Ryan Oneal Boatner (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)
Police have set up a perimeter for the escaped suspect; about five patrol cars can be seen here.
Police have set up a perimeter for the escaped suspect; about five patrol cars can be seen here.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said an attempted murder and armed robbery suspect that escaped police custody Sunday night was captured by police dogs and their handlers early Monday morning.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Ryan Oneal Boatner, 27, of Baton Rouge was apprehended by the K-9 division around 2:15 a.m. He was located in the backyard of a home on Green Moss Drive.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD said Boatner was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Once he's released, he will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the following charges:

Attempted first-degree murder (4 counts)

Attempted armed robbery

Criminal damage to property

Simple escape

McKneely said Boatner escaped the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU), the multi-agency unit housed at Louisiana State Police Headquarters on Independence Boulevard, around 9 p.m. Officials said he got out through the ceiling.

Investigators say even though he was handcuffed, he managed to pull down the light fixture, climb through the ceiling and eventually climb down into a nearby hallway. From there he simply walked out of the Violent Crimes Unit at State Police Headquarters.

He had just been questioned at the VCU about the armed robbery and was about to be taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking.

"These are holding rooms, this is not a cell, it's not a prison, a jail or anything like that. It's specifically a holding room where you can maintain an individual you're interviewing. Once that person is arrested, you should take them to jail where they have a proper place for them," said Colonel Mike Edmunson with Louisiana State Police.

McKneely reported Boatner and a 29-year-old accomplice are accused of robbing four people at gunpoint inside a home on Charles Street at around 2 p.m. According to McKneely, the 29-year-old opened fire at the victims and two of them were wounded. However, he added one of the victims fired back and the 29-year-old was also shot.

Police said the two suspects jumped in a car waiting outside. Investigators said they believe it was driven by Warren Jackson, 27, of Baton Rouge. They added 29-year-old injured suspect was dropped off at a hospital with life-threatening injuries. His name has not been released. It is at that time that Boatner and Jackson were arrested.

The two victims in the home who were shot were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Jackson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Anyone with information on the armed robbery and shooting is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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