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Fugitive caught

This week officers with the Picayune Police Department aided federal and Louisiana authorities in the apprehension of a wanted fugitive.

Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Apprehension Team and officers with the Slidell Police Department met with the Picayune Police Department Monday afternoon in reference to a wanted fugitive that they suspected to be in the Picayune area.

Marshals advised officers that the suspect’s name was Dwayne Jones, 32, of 709 Telly Rd. 2A, Magri said. Jones was wanted on felony charges including aggravated burglary and two home invasions that occurred in Slidell, La., Magri said.

The Assistant Chief said police officers and the U.S. Marshals team had been given information that the suspect was in the area of Telly and Alpine Road.

During their search of the area, Magri said the officers observed a Green Mercury Marquis leaving the area.

Picayune police officers turned around in the road in attempts to locate the vehicle believed to be occupied by the suspect, Magri said.

Picayune police officers observed the vehicle turning into a local bank on Memorial Boulevard and observed the subject step out of the vehicle, Magri said.

By the time Picayune officers pulled into the parking lot, Magri said, the subject had disappeared. At which time, officers notified the Slidell police officers and U.S. Marshals to travel to the area in attempts to locate the suspect.

“One of our officers observed a male subject fitting the suspect’s description running from the parking lot of Winn-Dixie at Hwy. 11 and Bruce St.,” Magri said. “The officers observed the suspect running north on the railroad tracks behind businesses on Hwy. 11 South.”

Magri said officers convened into the area, at which time a Picayune police officer exited his vehicle and pursued the suspect on foot.

“After a short foot pursuit, our officer was able to take the suspect into custody,” Magri said. “At that time, the suspect was identified as Jones.”

Officers returned to the bank parking lot to inventory Jones’ vehicle, Magri said.

During the search, officers located a set of digital scales on the front seat and another set of digital scales in the trunk, Magri said.

Magri said officers also located a small black bag under the driver’s front seat.

The bag contained one bag of a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana; one glass pipe, commonly used to inhale narcotics and two plastic baggies containing a white crystalline substance believed to be crystal meth, Magri said.

Jones was released to the U.S. Marshals’ task force who transported him to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, Magri said.

Magri said Jones was booked on Slidell’s charges and a hold was placed on Jones by the Picayune Police Department for felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest by fleeing.