HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A man who has been on the run for almost a year after leaving a note taunting police has been arrested.
The Hammond Police Department has arrested 20-year-old Jovaughn Jackson after a nearly yearlong search.
Police say last year, they were looking to arrest Jackson for a probation violation. When they searched his home, they found the home empty with a note saying, "Catch me if you can."
Jackson became the most wanted person by the Hammond Street Crimes Unit with 21 outstanding warrants through the Hammond Police Department and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. He had also been on the run from LA Probation and Patrol for the past year.
During the search, The Hammond Street Crimes Unit along with the Tangipahoa Street Crimes Unity and the Attorney General's Fugitive Task Force checked homes and businesses where Jackson was known to frequent.
They eventually narrowed down their search to the Whitmar Acres neighborhood where they observed him entering and exiting a home.
Police say at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, numerous law enforcement agencies converged on the home and arrested Jackson who was found hiding in a crawl space in the attic of the home.
Jackson's brother, Ajante Jackson, was also arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.
Jovaughn Jackson was booked and charged with five counts of burglary with HPD; two counts of burglary, four counts of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, four counts of illegal possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of illegal possession of stolen property, two counts of failure to appear in court on previous charges with TPSO; and one count of fugitive for failure to comply with probation requirements.
"This is exactly why Street Crimes is needed. I praise them and all the agencies involved in these efforts. We're pulling felons off of our streets and putting them in jail where they belong," says Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto. "If you here that the police are looking for you, it's in your best interests to just do the right thing and turn yourself in. Either way, we're going to find you."