Hammond police on Monday caught a fugitive who had taunted law enforcement and spent about a year on the lam, the city announced.
About a year ago, probation and parole agents were looking for Jovaughn Jackson, now 20, accused of violating his parole. They executed a search warrant at his house but found only a note that read “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,” according to a news release.
A few months ago, the department’s street crimes unit was investigating possible fugitives in the Whitmar Acres subdivision, just north of Southeastern Louisiana University. Jackson, who had racked up 21 outstanding felony warrants, had risen to the top of the city police’s most wanted list, and officers began surveilling homes in the neighborhood.
They found Jackson at one of the houses, and Monday morning, city police, a police dog, state probation and parole agents and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection air team descended on Jackson’s home. He was found hiding in an attic crawl space, the release states.
Officers arrested Jackson on seven burglary counts, eight firearms counts and various other felonies related to stolen goods, resisting arrest and failure to appear.