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NEW ORLEANS -- The former husband of a 33-year-old escaped inmate from the state correctional institute for women describes his ex-wife, Keana Barnes, as relentless, violent and dangerous.

Barnes, who is from the New Orleans area, escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel around 1 a.m. Tuesday. She had been in custody since May 2004, when she began serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.

Clinton Lewis says he is a former cop now living in Las Vegas, and he warns it could be dangerous for anyone trying to approach Barnes.

'There was actually a time when she assaulted me, where she shot at me six times with .357 magnum in a one-bedroom studio apartment, so bullets zinging over our heads and everything else,' Lewis said.

Lewis said he and Barnes split in 2002. After killing an Algiers man in 2004, she called him and said he was next, Lewis said.

But she was arrested and jailed.

'She is known for carrying knives, razors, switchblades things of that nature,' Lewis said. 'She was raised as a street person. She knows how to get money, cash money to go places, how to be a transient, how to catch rides with truckers.'

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Barnes' arrest.

If you know anything that can help investigators, call 225-319-2300

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