NEW ORLEANS - The shoplifting suspect that escaped into the marsh was caught Wednesday night alive, according to the Slidell Police Department.
On Wednesday, two men allegedly shoplifted enough iPhones from a T-Mobile store in Slidell to make it a felony.
They then took off in a stolen Mustang, leading police on a high-speed chase over the Twin Spans before crashing in the marsh on the New Orleans side.
The passenger in the Mustang, Bernell Morgan, 23, of New Orleans, was taken into custody immediately after the chase ended.
Morgan is being charged with theft over $500, injuring public records and resisting an officer. Morgan initially lied to police about his name, according to Slidell Police.
The second suspect, the driver of the stolen vehicle, Devin Williams, 27, of New Orleans, was found hiding in the marsh and taken into custody around 10:30 p.m., Det. Daniael Seuzeneau, a spokesman for Slidell Police, said
Williams was captured after a manhunt with police dogs, boats and a helicopter from multiple law enforcement agencies.
“When we searched the vehicle we found stolen weapons, stolen property,” Seuzeneau said.
Williams was booked late Thursday in Orleans Parish Prison for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Slidell Police. He is expected be taken to St. Tammany Parish where he will face additional felony charges for aggravated flight from an officer and theft over $500.
Both Williams and Morgan are suspects in other violent crimes involving the NOPD, Seuzeneau said, but the investigation is still ongoing.
"Slidell Police would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance: NOPD, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Federal and State Wildlife and Fisheries, and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Yesterday was a great example of law enforcement agencies working together for one common goal," Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith