LACOMBE, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish sheriff's detectives released new details on the timeline of a Mandeville man's actions that led up to his arrest Saturday for the murder of his estranged wife.
At 5:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies were called to Eddie's Grocery, 32470 U.S. Highway 190, Slidell, after a clerk called 911 to report a robbery.
Deputies were then dispatched to an alarm at the Dollar General at 27301 U.S. Highway 190, Lacombe, at 5:45 a.m.
Minutes later, deputies responded to another alarm at Lishman's at 27417 U.S. Highway 190, Lacombe.
While deputies were at that scene, a passerby alerted them to a fourth attempted burglary at the Lacombe Car Wash, 27469 U.S. Highway 190, Lacombe.
In all four instances, a vehicle was used to gain access to the building, either by driving into or backing into the buildings, before burglarizing or attempting to burglarize the businesses.
At 7:30 a.m., the parents of George Dargis, 38, called 911 to report that their son, who had been living with them, had come to their Slidell-area home, with blood on his clothing and reported that he had "hurt" his estranged wife, but had since left their residence.
Dispatch then sent deputies to the wife's residence located in the 500 block of Smith St., Mandeville. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered Julie Dargis deceased and her Chevrolet Impala rental car missing.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of her husband for second-degree murder.
At approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, officers with the New Orleans Police Department contacted detectives to let them know they had worked an incident involving George Dargis earlier that morning after he crashed the Chevrolet Impala on the Eastbound Twin Span bridge.
Dargis was located at University Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash on the Twin Span.
Following his release from the hospital, Dargis was booked into Orleans Parish Prison as a fugitive. He was then transported to St. Tammany Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of burglary, unauthorized entry of a place of business, simple criminal damage to property, simple robbery and second-degree murder.
Dargis had previously been arrested on Nov. 28 following a vehicle pursuit in the Slidell-area. He was booked in the St. Tammany Parish Jail for charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, felony aggravated flight from an officer, and felony possession of Schedule II CDS. He was released on a $12,750 bond on Thursday.
Prior to his most recent arrests, Dargis has a lengthy criminal history dating back more than 20 years with charges for burglary, theft, battery, disturbing the peace, flight from an officer, drug possession and various traffic violations.