Man accused of aggravated assault using a machete arrested in Ascension Parish

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - The Plaquemine Police Department say a man accused of aggravated assault against his ex-girlfriend and her children using a machete has been arrested in Ascension Parish

32-year-old Avis Irvin, of Donaldsonville, was wanted on several charges including domestic abuse aggravated assault.

Police say the suspect broke into his ex-girlfriend's house along Hwy 75 in Plaquemine around 9 a.m. Friday. He was armed with a machete. The woman and her children called for help while locked inside the home.

Irvin crossed a fence in a business parking and escaped before police arrived on the scene. Using the business' surveillance video, police were able to determined Irvin had parked his white Dodge Caravan in the lot and used barricades to help him over the fence. He used the same route to get away.

Shortly after the incident, officers spotted Irvin driving and tried to stop his car. Irvin then led officers on a high-speed chase through Plaquemine. A passenger jumped from Irvin's car as it was moving, giving the suspect a chance to get away from police and run away on foot.

Police have determined that Irvin has been stalking his ex-girlfriend at her home. In their investigation, they found evidence left by Irvin at the window where he watched her. Irvin even told her father that he had been watching his daughter through the window without her knowing.

According to police, Irvin has told people about his intent to kill his ex-girlfriend and "anyone who was acting on her behalf."

Avis Irvin was wanted on aggravated criminal damage to property, stalking, domestic abuse aggravated assault, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and flight from an officer; aggravated flight from an officer.

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