BREAKING: Former prison employee accused of helping inmate escape


A former South Bay Correctional Facility kitchen supervisor was arrested Thursday for reportedly helping an inmate escape in August 2015.

Bekencia Leandre received a call from the inmate — whose name is redacted from Leandre’s arrest report — when he escaped early on Aug. 6, 2015, from the West Palm Beach Community Release Center, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records state.

Media reports from that time identified the inmate as Antwane Anglin, then 27, who was serving time for selling cocaine in Monroe County. The details of Anglin’s escape match the description given in Leandre’s arrest report.

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Leandre, now 24 and most recently residing in Orlando, told FDLE officials she and Anglin knew each other before he was incarcerated. They reconnected in early 2015 when Anglin was assigned to kitchen clean-up duties at South Bay, where Leandre worked.

Anglin said Leandre “hooked” him up with one of her friends. She indicated to officials that she and Anglin had a relationship as well, although its nature is not explained in FDLE reports.

In July 2015, Anglin was transferred to the West Palm Beach release center from South Bay Correctional. He escaped about a month later.

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Anglin pieced together for FDLE officials what happened in the hours surrounding his escape, although the timeline was vague in places. Anglin said he had had a bad reaction to drugs, possibly to the synthetic stimulant flakka.

Anglin’s mother called to let him know she was on her way to a hospital for heart pain.

He remembered a sergeant yelling at him to head back toward the work camp and he recalled “just walking away,” records state.

Anglin was reported missing just before 3 a.m. Aug. 6. He took a Palm Tran bus from to Belle Glade from a stop at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee. Leandre told officials Anglin called her after he escaped from a phone she had bought him. She left work to pick Anglin up in Belle Glade.

Together, Leandre, Anglin and the woman with whom Leandre had reportedly set up Anglin rented a room at the Sunland Motel on South Main Street in Belle Glade. Leandre urged Anglin to tell his mother what happened. When he refused, Leandre contacted his mother. Leandre told officials Anglin appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Leandre left the motel room about 15 minutes before Palm Beach County sheriff’s officials surrounded it and captured Anglin. He had escaped for 12 hours. State records indicate Anglin was released from state custody in May. He now is under community supervision.

Circuit Court Judge Marni Bryson on Thursday set Leandre’s bail at $15,000 and ordered her not to have contact with either the prisoner or South Bay Correctional. Bryson said the bond was warranted “due to the nature of the charge,” even though Leandre does not have a criminal history.

She was placed on unpaid administrative leave the day after Anglin escaped because officials began investigating reports of her having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.



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