Inmate who escaped Louisiana jail caught at Memphis Walmart

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BATON ROUGE, La.— An inmate who escaped from a Louisiana jail over the weekend has been caught in Memphis.

News outlets report 37-year-old Jimmy Wayne Gioele was arrested Monday. He now awaits transportation back to the West Baton Rouge jail in Louisiana.

Authorities said he escaped custody Saturday morning while taking out the facility’s trash. He was serving time for offenses including burglary and possession of meth.

Memphis police said Gioele was trying to pick up a money order at the Walmart on Elvis Presley Boulevard when he was taken into custody. Authorities said the car he was driving turned out to be stolen from Baton Rouge.

Customers we spoke with were shocked to hear Gioele was in their Walmart. "I'm glad they got him off the street. Yeah, I mean we have so much crime in Memphis. I'm just fed up," a customer said.

Gioele was set to be released in December. The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said he will now be charged with simple escape.

 

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