Task force led on chase across parish line for man wanted on multiple charges

Officials say they were led on a chase from West Baton Rouge to nearly the Pointe Coupee/Avoyelles Parish line.

The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force was led on an hour plus chase Friday afternoon that started in West Baton Rouge Parish and ended just before Avoyelles Parish.

Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Rene Thibodeaux said the task force was looking for a fugitive from Alabama wanted for multiple charges including kidnapping, Armando Garcia Morales.

Based on the information provided by the marshal’s office, a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Morales on a traffic stop, but he allegedly fled.

Sheriff Thibodeaux said Morales went down Interstate 10 into Pointe Coupee Parish to Hwy 417 towards Coon, La. Because Morales was about to go into Avoyelles Parish, Pointe Coupee asked Avoyelles Sheriff’s office to set up spike strips to stop him. Pointe Coupee also was attempting to set up spike strips when Morales allegedly turned around and started heading back south on LA 1 and had a blowout.

Officials said Morales did try to run but was caught and arrested by the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Task Force around 1pm on Aug. 13th.

Morales is facing second degree kidnapping, first degree burglary and domestic violence on his ex-girlfriend by strangulation. 

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