ST. TAMMANY – A 39-year-old Mandeville man killed his wife and went on a string of burglaries where he smashed his vehicle into the businesses and then robbed them early Saturday morning, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to a call around 7:30 a.m. of a possible homicide at a Mandeville-area home in the 500 block of Smith Street. Upon arrival they found a woman dead inside. The suspect was soon identified as 39-year-old George Dargis, who they also suspected in four burglaries of businesses in the LaCombe area.
In each instance, deputies said Dargis used a vehicle to crash into the businesses before burglarizing them. A robbery had been reported at Eddie’s Grocery around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 190 in the Slidell-area. Deputies also responded to alarms at the Dollar General in Lacombe and at Lishman’s in Lacombe shortly after that. The Lacombe Car Wash was also burglarized. In all four instances, a vehicle was used to gain access to the building, either by driving into or backing into the buildings.
The sheriff’s office got a call around 10 a.m. saying that Dargis was in University Hospital after being involved in a crash on the Twin Spans.
Dargis was eventually transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail and booked one two counts of simple burglary, one count of unauthorized entry, one count of simple robbery and one count of second-degree murder. The investigation continues.
Earlier in the week, police arrested Dargis on a charge of reckless operation of a vehicle after he led deputies on a vehicle pursuit, crashed his vehicle and then eventually ran off on foot. He was booked into the jail, and released on bond on November 30.
Tammany Parish Jail for charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Felony Possession of Schedule II CDS. He was released on bond on November 30.