Search underway for work program escapee
COVINGTON - Law enforcement in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes are looking for a man they say escaped from a workforce program and abducted his girlfriend from a Covington convenience store.
Investigators say Christopher Ricker left the workforce facility around 4:00 a.m. Thursday and abducted his girlfriend soon after.
She told deputies that Ricker then held her against her will as he traveled to Tangipahoa Parish, then put her out of the car on Wardline Road.
Ricker was located by deputies traveling on Hwy 442 in Loranger. Ricker crashed his vehicle into a tree near Cherokee Beach, exited the car and jumped into the river. He was then observed to be headed east on foot.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Deputies have the area surrounded and K9's on the ground.
Ricker was serving a sentence for theft and was scheduled to be released in October.