By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Several law enforcement agencies teamed up to capture two fugitives fleeing from Tennessee that were wanted on charges of aggravated burglary and resisting arrest, Assistant to the Chief of Police Jeremy Magri said.
U.S. Marshals, Picayune Police Officers, Pearl River Sheriff’s Officers, agents from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, dispatchers and many others worked throughout the night, searching for the two fugitives, Magri and spokesmen from the other agencies said.
“Everyone from the chief, down, and everyone from the sheriff himself, down, was out working, maintaining a perimeter,” he said. “We were able to keep the suspects from escaping the area and finally took them into custody at 0625 hours this morning.
“At approximately 6:16 a.m., dispatch notified officers of two white males seen walking down Richardson-Ozona Road,” Magri said. “They were knocking on doors, asking to use a telephone.”
Officers responded to the area and saw the suspected fugitives walking. “When the suspects saw the officers, they started running west on Richardson Road,” Magri said. “They ran into a wooded area and the officers pursued them.
“There was a fence at the woodline, and one of the suspects was trying to get over it,” he said.
When the patrol unit reached the grassline, it skidded towards the woods, Magri reported.
“The patrol unit then pinned one of the suspects against the fence.”
The suspect and fugitive, Jessie Marchbanks, was then taken into custody by the Picayune Police Department.
The second suspect had run further into the woods, Magri said. “Officers pursued him, and after a short foot-chase the wanted fugitive, Jeffery Marchbanks Jr., was taken into custody.”
The Picayune Police Department has signed charges on both suspects for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest by fleeing.
Pearl River County Sheriff Officers arrived on the scene and the two suspects were turned over to the county at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.
Jessie Marchbanks had “minor scratches,” Sheriff David Allison said. “AAA checked him out on the scene, but we admitted him to Highland Hospital as a precaution.”
Jessie Marchbanks was later released into Sheriff’s Office custody.
“We are holding for Tennessee,” Tucker said. “We do not have any charges currently, but that could change.”
The Marchbanks brothers are being held in the Pearl River County Jail awaiting an extradition hearing, Tucker said.
The manhunt began when 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.
Shortly after, Sheriff’s deputies captured Jeffery Lynn Marchbanks Sr., 47, of 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 (Southern Bancorp) bank,” Allison said. “We apprehended him pretty quickly.”
The senior Marchbanks is being held in the Pearl River County Jail, waiting to be interviewed to determine his involvement with his sons as well as facing the resisting arrest by fleeing and failure to comply charges, Allison said.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office provided air support and a helicopter scanned the area Wednesday night for five hours.
Chief of Police Bryan Dawsey said he would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in taking two fugitives, that were at-large, off the streets.
“Because of all of these people, it was a great team effort,” Sheriff Allison said. “We were able to keep these guys isolated and within the perimeter, preventing them from committing other crimes.
“They took a chance, getting out and moving around,” Allison said. “It worked out well for us.”
“When an incident of this magnitude occurs, the brothers in blue come togther,” Magri said. “No matter the agency you work for, you ensure the safety of the citizens.”