By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A manhunt is underway as U.S. Marshals search for two fugitives out of Tennessee wanted on charges of aggravated burglary and resisting arrest.
U.S. Marshals went to a vacant residence on Pea Ridge Road on Wednesday that was believed to house the two fugitives.
“It is believed that they arrived in Picayune within the last two to three days,” U.S. Marshal Supervisory Instructor Randy Brouillette said.
“We saw them get into a vehicle,” Brouillette said. “A traffic stop was attempted and the suspects fled in the vehicle for a short distance.”
Traveling on a “dirt road,” the vehicle crashed into a ditch, Brouillette said, “leaving the vehicle inoperable.”
The three people occupying the vehicle took off on foot, he said.
At that time, the U.S. Marshals Service requested assistance from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office and the Picayune Police Department to set up a perimeter around Richardson-Ozona Road where the fugitives were believed to have fled into a wooded area.
Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri requested helicopter search assistance from a private citizen and within an hour a helicopter was scanning the area for the fugitives.
Shortly after the fugitives fled, Sheriff’s deputies captured Jeffery Lynn Marchbanks Sr., 47, 623 Louisiana St., Bogalusa, and charged him with resisting arrest by fleeing and failure to comply, Sheriff David Allison said.
“He came out of the woods by the bank,” Allison said. “We apprehended him pretty quickly.”
Marchbanks is the father of the two fugitives out of Tennessee that were later identified as Jessy Marchbanks and Jeffery Marchbanks Jr..
The senior Marchbanks is being held in the Pearl River County Jail, waiting to be interviewed to determine his involvement with his sons, Allison said.
An automated message was issued by the Picayune Police Department to telephones that warned of the situation.
The Pearl River Sheriff’s Office said that the “armed and dangerous” status was put into place due to the desperate nature of the suspects.
As more information was provided, “there is no information that they are armed and dangerous at this time,” Brouillette said.
Throughout the day, officers patrolled the area, checking vehicles as they passed through and stood watch at certain points of the designated perimeter that outlines the heavily wooded area near Richarson-Ozona Road.
“We had search dogs in the woods earlier that led to tracks that ended,” Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.
As the day progressed, Tucker said some units were still in the area but that it is not an active search.
“We’re looking in sheds and barns,” Allison said.
“We are following up on leads and combing the area,” Brouillette said.
“None (leads) are panning out as of yet,” Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said.
The fugitives are identified and described as Jessy Marchbanks, a white male, 5’11” tall and weighing 150 pounds; and Jeffery Marchbanks Jr., a white male, 6’ tall and weighing 180 pounds.
Updated information will be posted on the Picayune Item website as it becomes available.