A man wanted in a fatal hit-and-run that killed an LSU student nearly a year ago was arrested Monday in Clayton, Georgia.
Janneh Trench, 36, of 1574 W. Ninth St., Vacherie, was captured by U.S. marshals and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office early Monday and is awaiting extradition to Louisiana, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said in a news release.
Trench faces counts of negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, reckless operation, obstruction of justice and operating a vehicle under suspension in the June 20, 2014, death of 20-year-old Eric Fabre, of Slidell.
Fabre had been riding on a scooter about 12:50 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a speeding red Chrysler 300 on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway. Trench, who is accused of running into Fabre’s vehicle, fled and later set fire to his sedan in an abandoned lot in the 2500 block of Erie Street in an attempt to destroy evidence in the crash, Coppola said.
“We were thrilled to learn that information first thing in the morning,” said Jack Fabre, Eric Fabre’s father, who said he was notified by law enforcement on Monday. “It’s a tremendous relief knowing he’s off the streets.”
Jack Fabre and his family have been using social media, fliers and other means to publicize the search for Trench.
“We just want to thank everyone for all the hard work that’s been done,” he said. “The journey is far from over, but it’s a step in the right direction as far as trying to seek justice for my son.”
Trench is expected to be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, Coppola said.
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