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UPDATE: Inmate walks away from job site

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UPDATE: At approximately 2:30 this afternoon, RPSO Corrections Security and Grant Parish Deputies responded to an address off of Old River Road in Grant Parish where a vehicle was located that deputies believe the suspect, McKennedy Armstead, was in.

When deputies went to the residence to make contact with the suspect, the suspect and another subject were located deceased inside the residence.

Cause of death is unknown at this time and RPSO Crime Scene Unit is assisting Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office in this investigation.

There are no further details available at this time.

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - At approximately 10 a.m. Monday morning, an inmate assigned to the City of Alexandria walked off a job site and stole a city vehicle.

McKennedy Armstead, 37, of Alexandria, was assigned to work at the Utility Distribution Department. He is described as a 37 year old black male, 5'10'', 175 lbs. He reportedly has a tattoo of “S” on his right hand and “N” on his left arm. No clothing description available. 

According to witnesses, Armstead allegedly took a work truck and left the area.  The truck was recovered a short time later by the Alexandria Police Department.

Armstead is serving time for narcotics convictions and is not considered dangerous. 

“The inmates we allow to work in the public and for these governmental entities are thoroughly screened and evaluated.  On any day of the week we have over 600 inmates working for most of the municipalities in Rapides Parish.  Only a very few ever decide to walk off from a job site and even fewer take a vehicle” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton.  “Our inmate work program is very successful and provides another way these inmates can repay their debt to society for their actions and it saves tax dollars by the inmates providing work for these municipalities.”

If anyone has seen or know the whereabouts of McKennedy Armstead, please call the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318 473 6700.
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