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MANDEVILLE, La. -- A man who walked away from a work-release program was captured after stabbing one person and trying to stab others in a series of armed robberies and a high speed chase Wednesday night, according to Mandeville Police.

According to police, at around 11:00 p.m., 40-year-old Johnathon Leger entered a business in the 2000 block of Florida Street, and attempted to rob two victims with a knife. The victims were able to stop his attack and Leger left the scene.

Police then received a second call of a man trying to rob someone with a knife at another business, in the 2700 block of Florida Street. During this instance, Leger stabbed the victim in the neck with the knife, causing the victim to lose consciousness.

After conducting witness interviews, police learned that Leger was possibly driving a white Volvo, with no license plate and one headlight.

A Mandeville Patrol Officer saw the vehicle a short time later driving west on Hwy. 190 and as he tried to pull Leger over, Leger fled in the vehicle.

Mandeville Police, St. Tammany Deputies, and Louisiana State Police began pursuing Leger as he led them out of Mandeville and into Covington, where he entered a residential area and crashed into a tree.

Leger was taken into custody and booked with two counts of armed robbery, aggravated battery, and aggravated flight.

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