LABADIEVILLE — Assumption Parish sheriff’s detectives captured a woman Thursday identified as a fugitive sought on felony counts for the past six years by California law enforcement authorities.
Deputies arrested Demple A. Hawkins, 46, 2968 La. 1, Apt. 6, Labadieville, after tracking her through a Louisiana Purchase Card, according to a news release issued by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office.
San Bernardino County, Calif., deputies wanted Hawkins on a warrant for a parole violation for leaving California and an assault with a deadly weapon count, the Assumption Sheriff’s Office reported.
California deputies said she stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the back on March 13, 2005, and fled the state.
If convicted of the California charges, Hawkins faces 16 years in prison for the parole violation and possible life in prison on the stabbing count, the deputies said.
Hawkins’ parole stems from a previous conviction in California for criminal threats, what in Louisiana would be called aggravated assault with a firearm, deputies said.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said San Bernardino detectives told Assumption detectives Wednesday that Hawkins might be in Labadieville.
He said Assumption detectives were able to find her at her home in the Parker apartments after checking her re-application in June for a Louisiana Purchase Card.
The debit card provides state food assistance to low-income residents.
After she was taken into custody in Labadieville, Hawkins was booked at the Assumption Parish Detention Center as a fugitive and would await extradition, deputies said.