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Second suspect arrested in New Orleans East manhunt

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Crashed car alongside I-10 in eastern New Orleans (Photo from Slidell Police Dept.) Crashed car alongside I-10 in eastern New Orleans (Photo from Slidell Police Dept.)
A K-9 unit participating in the search (Photo from Slidell Police Dept.) A K-9 unit participating in the search (Photo from Slidell Police Dept.)

12pm UPDATE: Around 10:30pm Thursday night, the second suspect involved in a New Orleans East manhunt was found hiding in the marsh and taken into custody.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, who was also the person hiding in the marsh, has been identified as 27-year-old Devin Williams from New Orleans.  Williams was booked into Orleans Parish Prison for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Williams will eventually be transported back to St. Tammany Parish where he will face additional felony charges for Aggravated Flight from an Officer and Theft Over $500.

 

New Orleans, La.- Slidell and New Orleans police, along with state and federal authorities, are searching for a man who led them on a high-speed chase on I-10 before crashing past the Twin Spans and running off into the marsh.

FOX 8 received this news release from the Slidell Police Dept. Wednesday evening.

Around 4pm today, Slidell Police responded to a report of a shoplifting at a T-Mobile store in Slidell. Somehow, two suspects were able to obtain thousands of dollars worth of iPhones, and were attempting to steal them.

Slidell Police arrived and observed two black males, who fit the description of the suspects, get into a red Ford Mustang. When the suspects saw police, they fled and got onto the interstate. When Slidell PD got behind the vehicle, it was discovered that the vehicle was stolen. A high-speed chase ensued. While chasing the suspects on the Twin Spans (Interstate 10 towards New Orleans), the suspects were observed throwing weapons out of the window and into Lake Pontchartrain.

After exiting the bridge, the suspects crashed the stolen vehicle in New Orleans East. One suspect was caught, but the other fled into the marsh. Inside of the vehicle, police recovered a stolen firearm and stolen property. Currently, the suspect is believed to be contained in the marsh, and several agencies are working to find him.

Currently, Slidell Police, N.O.P.D., Federal Wildlife and Fisheries, State Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are all assisting with the search. Wildlife and Fisheries have provided SPD with airboats, while the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is utilizing their helicopter, Air One, in search of the suspects.

The suspects are currently facing several charges which include: Felony Theft, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Possession of a Stole Firearm. More charges could follow once the investigation is complete.

Slidell police posted a brief video of the search on their Facebook page.

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