Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pinellas jail inmate facing 30 years tries to escape

LARGO — Pinellas deputies thwarted a jail escape attempt Monday by a man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week.

Jean Lafalaise, 28, pulled a fence open and left a recreation yard at the Pinellas County Jail around 9:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.

He was caught after a deputy saw him trying to scale a perimeter fence. He suffered cuts and scrapes from trying to scale the barbed-wire fence, sheriff's officials said.

Lafalaise was moved to the medical wing of the jail and placed on medical observation and suicide watch.

On May 25, Lafalaise was sentenced as a habitual offender to 30 years in prison for robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft, failure to appear and other charges.

Lafalaise, of Belle Glade, and two other men were charged with armed robbery in January 2007 after a Seminole jewelry store was robbed.

He was still at the jail until he could be transferred to a state prison.

The incident will be investigated by the detention investigation unit and reviewed by the sheriff's administrative investigative division, as agency policy dictates.

Pinellas jail inmate facing 30 years tries to escape 05/31/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 9:27am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. NATO rolls out the red carpet, buffs its image for Trump


    BRUSSELS — NATO is not only rolling out the red carpet for U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels Thursday, the military alliance — which Trump once declared obsolete — has been busy repackaging its image and is ready to unveil a new headquarters worth more than 1 billion euros.

    U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at Fiumicino's Leonardo Da Vinci International airport, near Rome, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Trump is in Italy for a two day visit, including a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, ahead of his participation in a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. [Associated Press]
  2. Taiwan becomes first in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage


    TAIPEI, Taiwan — In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies.

    Same-sex marriage supporters wave rainbow Taiwan flags after the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions. [Associated Press]
  3. 'Top Gun' sequel? Tom Cruise says it starts filming soon


    Tom Cruise is once again feeling the need for speed.

    Tom Cruise starred in "Top Gun" in 1986, and said he'll begin work on a sequel within the next year.
  4. Trump presents Pope Francis with sculpture made by Florida artist


    An artist from Stuart, Florida, made a bronze sculpture that President Trump presented today to Pope Francis.

    The artist and his work
  5. What could have been the game-winning blast turned into a long single for Colby Rasmus.