Thibodaux inmate tries escape attempt through courthouse window, into stairwell

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This Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, booking photo released by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office shows Gerrel Talbert. Talbert, a Louisiana man who had been told that he’d be jailed, ran from a courtroom of a Lafourche Parish courthouse and through a first-floor window, falling into the outdoor service stairwell below it, authorities said Thursday. Talbert was treated for injuries from the 12-foot fall, then arrested on the earlier charges plus escape and felony damage to property, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release on Thursday. (Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

This Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, booking photo released by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Gerrel Talbert. Talbert, a Louisiana man who had been told that he’d be jailed, ran from a courtroom of a Lafourche Parish courthouse and through a first-floor window, falling into the outdoor service stairwell below it, authorities said Thursday. Talbert was treated for injuries from the 12-foot fall, then arrested on the earlier charges plus escape and felony damage to property, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release on Thursday. (Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP)

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who had just been told that he’d be jailed ran from a courtroom and through a first-floor window, falling into the outdoor service stairwell below it, authorities said Thursday.

Gerrell Talbert, 26, of Labadieville, was treated for injuries from the 12-foot fall, then arrested on the earlier charges plus escape and felony damage to property, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release on Thursday.

Talbert ran, chased by deputies, after Judge Steven Miller told him on Wednesday that he’d be jailed for contempt of court, Lt. Brennan Matherne, Webre’s spokesman, said in an email.

Bond has not been set on the escape or damage charges, but was set at $65,250 on four warrants for contempt — “mostly relating to prior drug charges” — and a Thibodeaux City Court warrant on a charge of possessing Xanax, the news release said.

Matherne said he does not know whether Talbert has an attorney who could speak for him.

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