Fugitive convicted of sexual assault arrested in Port Allen
PORT ALLEN - A random call about trash dumping helped end a fugitive's flight from the law, according to authorities in Port Allen.
Jody Ray Dutton, 50, was arrested by Port Allen Police, who later learned Dutton is wanted for parole violations and failing to register as a sex offender in South Dakota.
Authorities say he has a long history of child molestation in several states stretching back to 1988.
In March 2010, Dutton was serving the last part of a 15-year sentence at the South Dakota State Penitentiary when he walked away from a work-release program and escaped.
Officers in Port Allen arrested Dutton after receiving a call that he and two other people dumping trash on a company's property. Billy Baggett, who works for the company, had no idea he helped catch a convict.
"I just thought they were people coming to dump trash like everybody else," Baggett said.
Baggett blocked the road with a pile of metal poles so the group couldn't leave the property until police arrived.
When Dutton gave police several different aliases, investigators dug further into his background and discovered his criminal background and warrants.
Authorities believe he's been in Louisiana since December, hustling scrap to make a living.
Dutton was turned over to U.S. Marshals after he was booked in West Baton Rouge Parish.
"I hope he stays in jail the rest of his life because I know, if that happened to my child, he probably wouldn't make it to jail," Baggett said.
U.S. Marshals offered a reward for anyone with information leading to Dutton's arrest. Baggett says, if he gets part of the money, he'll have a crawfish boil for his co-workers.