HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A fugitive from Mississippi was arrested Tuesday morning on a slew of charges after he allegedly broke into a Hammond home Monday night.
According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Zachary Lepine, 20, of Tickfaw was arrested after deputies caught up with him at a gas station on Hwy 90 and I-55.
Around 8:45 p.m., a homeowner living on North Morrison Drive returned home to find one the doors to the home had been kicked in. The family discovered various items were missing and called the sheriff's office.
A witness told investigators he saw a man about 5'10" and weighing 165 lbs. near the home at the time of the break-in. He also described the suspect as having dark brown hair and large tattoos.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said through the investigation, deputies learned of a fugitive from Mississippi who authorities believed was in the Hammond area and fit the description given by the witness. Not long after, Lepine was apprehended at the gas station. Reportedly, deputies found a crack pipe in his shirt pocket when they patted him down.
Deputies later found out the suspect possibly dropped off some stolen property to a home on South Baptist Road. The homeowner gave them permission to search, which turned up lots of property reported stolen.
Lepine was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish jail. Deputies noted he is a flight risk because of prior escapes. A hold was placed on Lepine from the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. He was charged with the following:
- Simple Burglary
- Fugitive from Mississippi DOC
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Simple Assault (4 counts)
- Simple Criminal Trespass
- Theft of Goods
Deputies stated the investigation is ongoing and more charges and/or arrests are possible.