Posted: Jan 10, 2014 11:14 AM by Russell Jones, Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jan 10, 2014 6:53 PM
GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies arrested two men after they said the pair tried to break into a home in Ascension Parish, then led authorities on a high-speed chase into Baton Rouge.
Allison Hudson with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said authorities accused Thomodrick Johnson, 21, and Alvin Lemon Jr., 32, of home invasion and aggravated flight from an officer, as well as other charges related to the chase.
Hudson said the pair tried to kick in the door of a home in Geismar, but fled after waking the people inside.
People living nearby say this incidedent leaves them on high alert.
"That's a big concern. Small crime versus big crime. People start coming into the home. They don't respect the fact that people are there. It's time to take action," said resident, David Christensen.
Deputies said they were given a description of the men and their vehicle, which they spotted a short time later and tried to pull over.
Instead of stopping, Hudson said the pair led deputies on a high-speed pursuit into Baton Rouge where BRPD, State Police, and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office joined the chase. She said the two men abandoned their vehicle near Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Florida Boulevard and fled on foot, but officers were able to find and arrest them.
Hudson said Lemon was found hiding in a nearby apartment, while Johnson was found hiding behind a home on Pamela Drive. She said when they caught up to Johnson he started hitting the deputy in the chest to try and escape.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies charged Johnson with resisting an officer with force and being a fugitive from Ascension Parish. They charged Lemon Jr. with being a fugitive from Ascension Parish, aggravated flight from officer, reckless operation of vehicle, damage to property, and resisting an officer.
Both men are being held in the East Baton Rouge jail. In Ascension Parish they face charges of home invasion, burglary, aggravated flight from officer, trespassing, and resisting an officer.