Inmates escape Natchitoches Parish Detention Center in Louisiana

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A manhunt was underway in northwestern Louisiana early Monday for three "dangerous" inmates who scaled razor-wire fences to escape prison late on Sunday.

The trio escaped from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Saturday night, jumping over two rolls of razor-wire.

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The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office identified the inmates as Michael Elliot, a 24-year-old convicted of theft; Walshea Mitchell, 35, in prison for armed robbery; and Willie Ethridge, 34, serving time for murder and armed robbery.

While the men were not armed at the time of their escape they should be considered dangerous and "extreme caution should be used if seen," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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"Two of the escapees were last seen wearing black sweat pants and black long sleeve sweatshirts, and the third was in gray sweat pants and a gray long sleeve shirt," according to the sheriff's office.

"Deputies ask that if you see any of these escapees, to not approach them" and instead call 911 or local law enforcement, it added.

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