CRIME

This Fake Gun Made From Soap Was Part Of Prison Escape Plot

Two prisoners face additional charges after the phony weapon was discovered inside a cell.
This fake gun is made from soap and toilet paper.
This fake gun is made from soap and toilet paper.

From afar, it could seem like it's the real deadly deal.

But this fake gun, which was part of an alleged escape plot planned by two prisoners being held in a Louisiana detention center, would crumble in your fingers.

That's because it's made from just soap and toilet paper.

Corrections officers found the phony weapon inside a cell at Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on Nov. 10, according to a statement released by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office on Friday.

Troy Benner is believed to have made the fake gun.
Troy Benner is believed to have made the fake gun.

They also discovered a handcuff key, which had been unknowingly dropped by an officer, during the search of a cell block. The raid was carried out after they received a tip.

The items were traced back to Troy Benner, 49, who was being held on an armed robbery charge stemming from an alleged incident in Lockport in February 2015, the statement details. 

Investigators believe Benner made the fake gun -- out of soap, toilet paper and other items legally available to prisoners -- as part of a daring plan to break out of the jail, and say he also obtained the handcuff key after it went missing.

Treiston Pierron faces charges of assisting the foiled escape plan that was in the works.
Treiston Pierron faces charges of assisting the foiled escape plan that was in the works.

He now faces an additional charge of attempted simple escape, and his bond has increased to $400,000.

Treiston Pierron, who was being held in the facility on a simple arson charge from July 2015, also faces a new allegation of assisting escape following the alleged incident. Investigators believe the 32-year-old was helping Benner in his plan, and his bond has now been upped to $300,000.

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