Town-wide manhunt ends with suspect's arrest in Ponchatoula
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.
Ponchatoula Police, with help from other agencies, are in pursuit of a suspect named Eric Davis who escaped from custody last night. A police helicopter just landed near the Ponchatoula Walmart on Highway 51 moments ago. (Source @jessecbrooks) pic.twitter.com/dIIp4wwGqn— Small Town Stories (@smtownstories) April 9, 2020
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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