SLIDELL, LA (WAFB) - Slidell Police, along with New Orleans Police, Federal Wildlife and Fisheries, State Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office were all involved in the search for a suspect who fled into the marsh after a police chase and a burglary.
It all started Wednesday afternoon after police say two suspects were able to steal thousands of dollars worth of iPhones from a T-mobile store in Slidell, LA, which makes it a felony theft.
Police responded to the call and saw two black males, who fit the description of the suspects, get into a red Ford Mustang, which turned out to be stolen. When the suspects saw police, they took of and got onto the interstate in the stolen Mustang; that is when the high speed chase began.
Police say the suspects were driving on I-10 from Slidell to New Orleans on the Twin Spans and were seen throwing weapons of the window of the Mustang into Lake Pontchartrain. When the suspects exited the bridge, they crashed the stolen vehicle in New Orleans East.
Police say one suspect was caught right away, but the other fled into the marsh.
During the investigation, police recovered a stolen firearm and stolen property from inside the stolen Mustang.
Police believed the suspect was contained in the marsh. Airboats, a helicopter and K-9's were used to find the suspect. He was caught alive around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
The driver of the stolen vehicle, who was also the person hiding in the marsh, has been identified as 27-year-old Devin Williams from New Orleans. Williams was booked late Wednesday night in Orleans Parish Prison for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Williams will eventually be transported back to St. Tammany Parish where he will face additional felony charges for aggravated flight from an officer and theft over $500.
The passenger in Wednesday's incident, who was taken into custody immediately after the chase ended, has been identified as 23-year-old Bernell Morgan of New Orleans. Morgan is currently in the Slidell City Jail and being charged with theft over $500, injuring public records, and resisting an officer. Morgan initially lied to police about his name.
Both Williams and Morgan are also suspects in other violent crimes involving the NOPD, but that investigation is still ongoing.
More charges could follow once the investigation is complete.