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Town-wide manhunt ends with suspect's arrest in Ponchatoula

1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 April 09, 2020 5:11 PM April 09, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ TV

PONCHATOULA - An overnight hunt for an escaped inmate came to an end Thursday.

Police said they caught up with Eric Davis after a search that began Wednesday.  Davis was arrested with help from area law enforcement agencies.

Neighboring Livingston Parish sent the sheriff's office helicopter to assist, which caused a stir in the usually quiet town in southern Tangipahoa Parish.

An eyewitness posted video on a local news social media account showing the helicopter circling above part of the town, attempting to communicate with Davis through a loud speaker as he tried to run and hide from law enforcement.

Davis was eventually captured and booked with theft, resisting an officer, simple battery, escape, being a convicted felon with a gun, monetary instrument abuse and various drug and warrant charges. 

Police did not elaborate on how Davis escaped or where he was being housed when he broke free Wednesday.

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