Lower bond request denied for Jefferson Parish inmate accused of February escape

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JEFFERSON PARISH, La. (WGNO) — A judge has denied a bond reduction request for Leon Ruffin, a Jefferson Parish inmate who is accused of escaping police custody in February.

On Sunday, Feb. 25, Ruffin allegedly pepper-sprayed a deputy and then escaped in a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle after being released from Ochsner Medical Center on the Westbank.

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The JPSO unit was allegedly later found abandoned in Algiers.

On Feb. 27, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said Ruffin was taken back into custody after he was found at a hotel in New Orleans East.

Lopinto said he was already in custody on a second-degree murder charge since last July.

At a Tuesday hearing, Ruffin’s attorney’s request for a bond reduction was denied by a judge.

Ruffin’s bond remains at $1 million.

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