Couple Arrested in Louisiana in Connection with Inmate Leaving Work Release Program

Published April 06, 2023

Couple Arrested in Louisiana in Connection with Inmate Leaving Work Release Program

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana – A couple has been arrested in Louisiana in connection with an inmate leaving a work release program.

On April 5, 2023, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet announced the arrest of a Houma, Louisiana couple in connection with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division’s Transitional Work Release Program investigation. Kendall James Brown, 27, and Trisha Lynn Picou, 27, both of Houma, Louisiana, were arrested on investigation-related allegations.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in the early morning hours of April 5 that a current inmate engaged in the Transitional Work Release Program was observed walking away from his job location in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

The program’s business participant revealed that employees spotted the inmate leaving the place and reported the information.
TPSO Investigators and Transitional Work Release Staff quickly initiated an inquiry into the inmate’s whereabouts, identified as Kendall James Brown, and confirmed that Brown had been transported away from the location.

As the inquiry progressed, detectives discovered evidence and information indicating that Brown was with a significant other, subsequently identified as Trisha Lynn Picou. Investigators gathered crucial information on the case, which led them to an address in the 1300 block of Ellender Street on Houma’s Eastside.

Further information and evidence were corroborated as Detectives arrived at the area, indicating that Brown was present within the home. Investigators reportedly attempted to speak with Brown in order to get him to exit the home, but they were unable to. Investigators acquired a search warrant for the residence based on the evidence and information.

The Houma Police Department and their SWAT Team were called in to assist with the matter, and they arrived at the property. After attempts to make Brown leave the property dwindled, the HPD SWAT Team entered the residence through the front door, where Brown exited peacefully a short time later. Trisha Lynn Picou was captured at a nearby place a short time later.

Kendall Brown was arrested on Simple Escape charges and taken to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex, where he is being held without bond.

Trisha Lynn Picou was arrested on accusations of Principle to Simple Escape and was brought to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex, where she is currently being held pending bond.

Sheriff Tim Soignet thanked the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division and the HPD SWAT Team for their contributions to the arrest of the violators and the overall safe conclusion of this event. Sheriff Soignet said, “Our close working relationship with local Law Enforcement agencies has once again proven to be invaluable. I am very proud of our Detectives and HPD SWAT members for their amazing efforts in this investigation. Our streets are safer today because of their actions.”

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.