HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Three people were taken into custody in an ongoing investigation into a home break-in after an off-duty sheriff's deputy spotted people matching the suspects' descriptions.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reported Louis Perry, 22, Jarvis McKnight, 23, and Juan Jackson, 20, all of Hammond, were arrested Sunday night.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said witnesses were able to give descriptions of the suspects in the home burglary on LA 445 in Loranger on Thursday. Investigators said the victims discovered the suspects had gotten into their home through a back window.
According to detectives, the investigation that followed the break-in led to the identifications of several possible suspects and their pictures were handed out to all deputies with the sheriff's office.
Edwards said one of those deputies saw men fitting the descriptions of the possible suspects getting into a black Jeep at a home on Rufus Bankston Road in Hammond and called other deputies. The Jeep was pulled over on Crystal Street.
Deputies said they instantly recognized Perry and McKnight, both of which were wanted on outstanding warrants, and they were arrested. Deputies added they smelled marijuana and found a plastic bag on Jackson that contained what they suspected to be marijuana. He was arrested at that point.
Investigators reported a search of the vehicle turned up several items reported stolen from the Loranger home, including a handgun.
Perry and McKnight both face a simple burglary charge. They are both also being held on an outstanding warrant for simple burglary. Perry has an additional outstanding warrant for failure to appear.
Jackson is charged with possession of marijuana.
Authorities continue to investigate the case.