St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith says quick thinking deputies thwarted an escape attempt from the St. Mary Parish Correctional Center this weekend.

One deputy saw inmate, 41-year-old Anthony Jones, damage a light fixture in his cell.

When this happened, deputies moved Jones to another place in the jail, where he tried to escape.

Anthony Jones, photo courtesy of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

Jones was already in jail for attempting to rob a Bayou Vista business in August 2018, and now he faces the additional charges of criminal damage to property and attempted escape.

Paramedics were brought in to treat Jones after he broke the light fixture.

Sheriff Smith says,

"Because of the quick response of jail personnel and patrol deputies, the attempt was stopped almost immediately."

Jones been in the St. Mary Parish Jail since September of last year.