Effie bank robber captured near Libuse

Michael David Gordon, 46, of 46 Gunter Road near  Libuse, was arrested at his home shortly before noon today, Sept. 23, in connection with the Effie bank armed robbery, according to published reports.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force and the FBI, jointly served Gordon with a warrant for armed robbery and false imprisonment.

Published reports indicate Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators “received a break in the case today.”

Law enforcement authorities have been searching for the bank robber since Tuesday afternoon, when a lone gunman first came into Cottonport Bank  acting as if he wanted to make a loan. He left and returned a short time later pointing the gun at the teller while demanding money.

Gordon is accused of waiting to brandish the weapon until after the single bank customer left the bank. He allegedly took an undetermined amount of money and left employees bound at the wrist in a storage closet.

Michael David Gordon, 46, of 46 Gunter Road near  Libuse, was arrested at his home shortly before noon today, Sept. 23, in connection with the Effie bank armed robbery, according to published reports.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force and the FBI, jointly served Gordon with a warrant for armed robbery and false imprisonment.

Published reports indicate Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators “received a break in the case today.”

Law enforcement authorities have been searching for the bank robber since Tuesday afternoon, when a lone gunman first came into the bank acting as if he wanted to make a loan. He left and returned a short time later pointing the gun at the teller while demanding money.

Gordon is accused of waiting to brandish the weapon until after the single bank customer left the bank. He allegedly took an undetermined amount of money and left employees bound at the wrist in a storage closet.

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Cottonport Bank robbed, suspect sought

A gunman holds up the Cottonport Bank in Effie.

By Everything Cenla staff

Avoyelles Parish sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who allegedly  used a blue steel revolver to rob the Cottonport Bank in Effie, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

About 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, the lone gunman first came into the bank acting as if he wanted to make a loan. He left and returned a short time later pointing the gun at the teller while demanding money.

The suspect waited to brandish the weapon until after the single bank customer left the bank. He allegedly took an undetermined amount of money and left employees bound at the wrist in a a storage closet.

Authorities suspect the gunman fled north into Rapides Parish. Deputies vaguely described the suspect as being a white man between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall with shoulder length white hair. He was wearing a dark colored ball cap with the “CAT” logo, dark sunglasses, a yellow buttoned down shirt, blue jeans and brown boots.

Deputies suspect the gunman may have been driving a late model Chevrolet extended cab pickup truck with balck trim on the fender.

Anyone with information relating to the armed robbery should call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Department at (318) 253-4000. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Marksville pair arrested in shooting incident in bar parking lot

By Everything Cenla staff

Brian Jordan

Brian Jordan, 26, and a 16-year-old, both of Marksville, were recently arrested in connection with shootings that occurred Aug. 22, on the Biz Lounge parking lot off of Louisiana Highway 1 north of Marksville, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The pair was arrested on a warrant that indicates several witnesses identified Jordan as being one of the people involved in the shooting. The juvenile is accused of brandishing a small caliber revolver at the scene and randomly shooting it.

A bullet didn’t hit anyone from the juvenile’s weapon, authorities said.

Investigators determined the shootings allegedly stemmed from arguments that occurred earlier in the night at a local Marksville lounge. When the lounge closed, those involved in the argument congregated in the parking lot. The argument escalated resulting in gunfire.

Jordan and another man allegedly exchanged gunfire, which resulted in Jordan suffering a gunshot wound to the leg prior to fleeing the scene.

Jordan was charged with aggravated criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrumentalities and possession of a firearm on premises of an alcoholic beverage outlet. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Meanwhile, the juvenile was charged with possession of a firearm on premises of an alcoholic beverage outlet. He was released to his parent’s custody pending a juvenile adjudication hearing in the 12 Judicial District.

Marksville husband, wife accused of stealing money from home safe

Joseph Johnson

By EverythingCenla staff

April Johnson, 34, and Joseph Johnson, 32, both of Marksville were arrested in connection with a home burglary in which a safe that contained a large amount of money was stolen, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office received information on Aug. 20 that money from a safe had been taken from a Marksville home. The homeowner provided information to authorities that led them to believe the suspects may  have been headed to Alabama.

Shortly afterwards, authorities stopped a vehicle in which the couple was in on Louisiana Highway 11192. The wife allegedly admitted that she and her husband had burglarized the Marksville residence on more than one occasion, each time taking large amounts of case from the safe without the homeowner’s knowledge.

At the time of the traffic stop, Joseph Johnson allegedly had  $2,000, which he admitted was taken from the safe burglary earlier that day.

Also, authorities claim the Johnsons said they had purchased vehicles, durgs and alcohol with money previously taken from the home.

Both were booked into the Avoylles Parish Jail. April Johnson was charged with simple burglary, possession of CDS II with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Joseph Johnson was charged with simple burglary and illegal possession of stolen things. His bond was also set at $100,000.

Three Avoyelles Parish prison escapees captured in Miami

Three escaped Avoyelles Parish prisoners  were captured while staying at a Miami-Dade motel early this morning, according to WSVN Channel 7 from Miami.

Police found Quentin Truehill and Peter Hughes at the Budget Inn along 89th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue. Kentrell Johnson was picked up a few blocks away.

In March, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson said, at about 1:40 a.m. March 30, the  inmates of the Avoyelles S.O. D.C. #1 escaped from custody after taking a correctional officer at knife point and forcing him to open a door.

The Sheriff stated that the door to a disciplinary holding cell was opened by the jailer to provide water to the inmates within when inmate Quentin M. Truehill brandished a handmade knife, held it to the throat of the correctional officer threatening to kill him if he did not open a nearby access door.

As the officer began to comply with Truehill’s demands another officer attempted to intervene and was cut on the hand. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson and Peter Hughes all fled the jail facility.

Deputies, City Police officers and a K-9 Chase Team from the Avoyelles Correctional Center tracked the escapee’s into a wooded area near Highway 1. Sheriff Anderson said it is now apparent that the three were picked up by an accomplice near the old Wal-Mart building in Marksville

Escapee’s are:

1.) Quentin M. Truehill, New Orleans, La., B/M, 5’9”, 140 lbs., D.O.B. 04/16/1987

Truehill is serving a 30 year sentence for manslaughter.

2.) Peter M. Hughes,  Abbeville, La.,B/M, 6’2”, 152 lbs., D.O.B. 10/31/1987

Hughes is serving a 4 year sentence for Unauthorized Entry of an inhabited Dwelling

3.) Kentrell F. Johnson, Marksville, La., B/M, 6’3”, 230 lbs., D.O.B. 10/04/70

Johnson is currently serving a 10 year parole violation in addition armed robbery charges.

Two arrested in connection with 300 Ectasy tablets

Derrick Patrick

Kimberly Jones

By EverythingCenla staff

Derrick Patrick, 28, of Morganza, and Kimberly Jones, 30, of Marksville, were arrested  Thursday, April 1, after authorities allegedly found 100 Ecstasy tabelets in their possession, according to Sheriff Doug Anderson of Avoyelles Parish.

Authorities stopped the vehicle the pair was in on Laurel Street and allegedly found the tablets in the vehicle. Later, narcotics investigators with a search warrant searched a Green Street property in Marksville and allegedly seized an additional 200 Ecstasy tablets.

Anderson said the vacant building on Green Street was the “stash house.”

Deputies also found a pit bull chained inside of the building.

The drugs had a street value of $4,500. Agents also allegedly found $540 in cash.

Three escape from Avoyelles Parish DC1

According to Sheriff Doug Anderson, at about 1:40 a.m. this morning, three inmates of the Avoyelles S.O. D.C. #1 escaped from custody after taking a correctional officer at knife point and forcing him to open a door.

The Sheriff stated that the door to a disciplinary holding cell was opened by the jailer to provide water to the inmates within when inmate Quentin M. Truehill brandished a handmade knife, held it to the throat of the correctional officer threatening to kill him if he did not open a nearby access door.

As the officer began to comply with Truehill’s demands another officer attempted to intervene and was cut on the hand. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson and Peter Hughes all fled the jail facility.

Deputies, City Police officers and a K-9 Chase Team from the Avoyelles Correctional Center tracked the escapee’s into a wooded area near Highway 1. Sheriff Anderson said it is now apparent that the three were picked up by an accomplice near the old Wal-Mart building in Marksville

Escapee’s are:

1.) Quentin M. Truehill, New Orleans, La., B/M, 5’9”, 140 lbs., D.O.B. 04/16/1987

Truehill is serving a 30 year sentence for manslaughter.

2.) Peter M. Hughes,  Abbeville, La.,B/M, 6’2”, 152 lbs., D.O.B. 10/31/1987

Hughes is serving a 4 year sentence for Unauthorized Entry of an inhabited Dwelling

3.) Kentrell F. Johnson, Marksville, La., B/M, 6’3”, 230 lbs., D.O.B. 10/04/70

Johnson is currently serving a 10 year parole violation in addition armed robbery charges.

The Sheriff stated that his investigators are aggressively following leads and will use all law enforcement resources available to expedite a speedy capture. These three individuals are to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Truehill, Hughes, or Johnson is asked to call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-253-4000.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the capture of these escapees. All information received  will remain confidential.