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Inmate fashioned 'soap gun' to use during thwarted escape bid

David Kearns

Published 23/11/2015 | 09:49

The 'gun' was made using soap and toilet paper said guards Credit: Lafourche Parish
The 'gun' was made using soap and toilet paper said guards Credit: Lafourche Parish

A prisoner’s plan to use a gun fashioned out of soap and toilet paper to escape was foiled after prison officers found the ‘weapon’ hidden in a cell.

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Crafty inmate Troy Benner (49), convicted of armed robbery, created the gun out of bathroom materials available to all inmates, police said.

He is now facing new charges after guards found the ‘gun’ in his cell at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Louisiana last week.

Officers at the correctional facility say they found the ‘soap gun’ hidden inside a cell, along with a handcuff key that was unknowingly dropped by a member of staff.

Troy Benner
Troy Benner
Treiston Pierron

A second prisoner Treiston Pierron (32), in prison for arson, is alleged to have assisted him, and is now also facing charges following the thwarted escape attempt.

Sergeant Brennan Matherne explained the object was "hand-crafted to appear to be a handgun, but was composed of soap, toilet paper, and other materials, most of which are made available to inmates".

"Detectives opened an investigation and learned Inmate Benner was allegedly responsible for hand-crafting the object made to give the appearance of a firearm," Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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