Walter Jackson, via Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

Nearly three months after allegedly fleeing from New Orleans' criminal courthouse in the wake of a failed drug test, Walter Jackson is behind bars.

Records show Jackson, 21, was jailed Monday afternoon on a warrant issued by Chief Judge Benedict Willard, from whose courtroom Jackson is accused of fleeing earlier this year. Jackson was also booked on a count of aggravated assault, stemming from allegations that he pointed a gun at someone in New Orleans East last month.

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Magistrate Brigid Collins set Jackson's bail at $75,000 on Monday night, finding him to be a flight risk and a danger to the community. 

According to authorities, Jackson showed up in front of Willard on April 20 while facing charges of being a principle to the theft of a car, contributing to juvenile delinquency and intimidating a witness.

When he was informed he had flunked a drug test he took in the course of the case and would need to be jailed as a result, he ran out of the courthouse and hopped into a car that whisked him away, authorities said.

While at-large, police allege, Jackson drove up to a man walking near Hayne Boulevard and Vincent Street about 1 a.m. June 2 and pointed a pistol at him. The victim in that case recognized Jackson, police said.  

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