At approximately 5:39 a.m. Monday, June 8, Natchitoches Parish Detention Center (NPDC) Corrections Officers discovered Johnny Martin, b/m, 42, of the Ferriday area, last seen wearing NPDC issued khaki clothing, escaped the facility. Martin, who had ties to Ferriday, Rapides and Concordia Parishes was serving a 20-year sentence for forcible rape and 2nd-degree kidnapping. He was scheduled for release in 2023 and served as a trustee inside the corrections facility.
At 5:53 a.m. Natchitoches Police responded to a carjacking in the parking lot of a local business near the detention center.
During the carjacking, a blue 2006 Honda CRV was stolen.
Corrections Division staff immediately identified Martin through video evidence and provided information to NATCOM 911 Center for law enforcement BOLO messages.
Dept. of Corrections officials were notified.
Martin escaped by breeching a fence in his work area according to Maj. Roger Henson.
Detectives believed Martin was attempting to travel south and intelligence gathered confirmed that information.
Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Alexandria Police Department, Pineville Police Department, Louisiana State Police and the US Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit were summoned to assist.
Shortly after 8:15 a.m., law enforcement agencies in Rapides Parish captured Martin in the Pineville area after a brief pursuit.
There were no injuries.
Martin will be booked into the Rapides Parish Jail. He will transfer to NPDC to face additional felony charges of simple escape, carjacking, etc. in Natchitoches Parish.
The NPSO thanks the Natchitoches Police Department, Pineville Police Department, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Alexandria Police Department, Louisiana State Police and US Marshal’s Office for their assistance and quick apprehension of Martin.