Suspect that fled into Old Metairie neighborhood caught

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Posted on February 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 14 at 3:25 PM

METAIRIE, La. - Police used a helicopter, patrol cars and searched on foot for a suspect that escaped into an Old Metairie neighborhood early Tuesday morning. Authorities eventually captured the suspect, according to Sheriff Newell Normand.

The suspect was wanted by the New Orleans police and had allegedly abandoned a car and fled into the neighborhood.

Around 1:30 a.m. WWL-TV began to get calls into the Eyewitness newsroom from concerned viewers about a helicopter that was circling near Bonnabel and Metairie Road.

Dozens of deputies were walking around the streets looking for the unidentified suspect that was reportedly seen in the area.

The suspect, identified as Brian Baker, 30, of Laplace, was apprehended by Jefferson Parish deputies after a short struggle with a police dog, according to JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato.

"As the search continued throughout the night and into the early morning hours, with the assistance of our Air Unit and K-9 unit, First District Patrol Officer Greg Joerger discovered the suspect hiding in a shed around 2:30 a.m. in the rear of 1908 Homer Street in Metairie," said a statement from Fortunato.

Baker ignored repeated commands to surrender, until the police dog forced Baker to give in to authorities. Baker was treated for minor injuries from a dog bite, according to Fortunato.

Baker was booked into the Jefferson Parish jail on two counts of criminal trespassing, one count of resisting arrest and four counts of outstanding warrants from Westwego, according to Fortunato.

 

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