East Feliciana’s manhunt suspect found and arrested in Zachary

ZACHARY — After a theft led to a short pursuit and then a manhunt in East Feliciana Parish, both men have now been captured and arrested. The second wanted teenager was found in Zachary today and has since been arrested.

It was around 7:45am on May 30 when an East Feliciana Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a suburban pulling a four-wheeler on a trailer along Hwy. 412 near Hokaday and Lemon B roads. When the deputy tried conducting a traffic stop, the driver of the suburban took off, according to East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s officials. The two inside the SUV fled leading to the manhunt in East Feliciana, specifically in Slaughter.

When deputies ran the SUV’s plate, they learned not only was the suburban stolen out of Baton Rouge, but so was the trailer and four-wheeler.

East Feliciana deputies identified the driver of the stolen vehicle as Montero Matthews, 19, and the passenger as Erick Whitfield, 19, both from Ethel, Louisiana.

East Feliciana manhunt

The following day, Whitfield was found and arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish by Baton Rouge Police Department’s Auto Theft detectives. At the time of his capture, EFSO said he was allegedly in possession of a second four-wheeler that had been stolen in Pointe Coupee Parish. Matthews however, remained on the run.

On June 7, EFSO deputies were tipped off that Matthews was in Zachary with the tipster providing his location. East Feliciana deputies, with the help of Zachary Police and several other agencies, were able to capture and arrest Matthews.

The additional agencies involved included EBRSO’s air support, K-9, and patrol deputies as well as West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office.

He has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison as a fugitive and will also be facing charges in East Feliciana Parish. Matthews is looking at three counts of possession of stolen things, aggravated flight from an officer, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

His passenger in the stolen vehicle is charged with three counts of possession of stolen things and flight from an officer.

East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis said he will be asking for no bond on Matthews due to the latest charges. Officials say Matthews was out on bond from previous charges at the time of the most recent alleged theft.

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