A Covington man who allegedly tried to force his way into a house occupied by a mother and her 10-month-old child was arrested Tuesday and booked with attempted home invasion and criminal damage to property, Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz said in a news release.

The woman called 911 when she saw a man standing at her back door, inside her fenced yard. She saw the man pick up a recycle bin and slam it against the window, yelling for her to let him in, according to the news release.

The Covington Police used an online alert system to warn those in the area, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit was called to assist in the search.

During the investigation, police identified 30-year-old Edwin East as the suspect and learned he had told a family member he was hiding under a porch near the victim’s home, saying he would rather die than return to jail.

The door to the house located next to the victim’s was ajar, and police and the K-9 entered and found East, who surrendered. No one else was at the house, but when police spoke to the owner, she said East’s wife had called and asked if he could use the house to “cool off’’ because they had been fighting.

The police arrested East’s wife, 32-year-old Camille Burckel, and booked her with accessory after the fact because when police had questioned her about her husband’s whereabouts she said she had not spoken to him and didn’t know where he was.

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