Escaped Louisiana Prisoner Captured in New Orleans

Leon Ruffin, 51, who had been in custody on a second-degree murder charge, was found at a hotel in New Orleans East, with the help of New Orleans Police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

A convicted felon who escaped custody on Sunday after pepper spraying his transporting deputy and stealing her vehicle was captured in New Orleans on Tuesday, authorities said.

Leon Ruffin, 51, who had been in custody on a second-degree murder charge, was found at a hotel in New Orleans East, with the help of New Orleans Police and the U.S. Marshals Service, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said in a media briefing Tuesday, ABC reports.

At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ruffin was taken into custody at the hotel without incident, said Lopinto.

Leon Ruffin’s wife also faces charges over the escape, NOLA.com reports.

Shelita Ruffin, 52, of Westwego, was booked with conspiracy to commit aggravated escape and conspiracy to introduce contraband center, sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Veal said.

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