PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A man wanted for simple robbery was arrested early Thursday morning after a standoff with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office that lasted 8 1/2 hours.
Deputies said Matthew Morris, 27, of Prairieville, who was wanted for allegedly robbing a Baton Rouge gas station, barricaded himself inside a trailer home Wednesday afternoon off Liz Road in Prairieville when deputy US marshals arrived at the home after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip.
Investigators said deputies cut the power to the home and used tear gas around 10:30 p.m., but Morris remained inside the house. They added deputies went into the home right after midnight and Morris was taken into custody "peacefully."
According to APSO, deputies first negotiated with Morris, who was originally inside the house with his girlfriend, Ashlyn Litty, 24, of Pride, and his mother. Both Litty and Morris' mother were let out of the house. Deputies said Morris was armed, but added that no one else was in danger.
"You let negotiators do what they do; you let police officers do what they do," said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with APSO. "But at some point, negotiations do run its course and you take other steps to do it. And those could be throwing him a different type of communication device. It could be turning off electricity. You just kind of ramp it up a little bit."
According to APSO, Morris has done something like this before in Indiana. Reports show that in October 2015, Morris was in a standoff with police for two hours on the roof of an AutoZone in Fort Wayne. Morris reportedly had a warrant out for his arrest from Ascension Parish at that time.
According to information from the Allen County (IN) website, Morris has a warrant out for his arrest for two counts of criminal trespassing.
Litty was also wanted in connection with the robbery of a Chevron gas station in Baton Rouge. She was taken into custody by deputies.
Morris was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail, but a list of the charges he faces has not yet been released.
Litty was been booked into Ascension Parish Jail as a fugitive from another jurisdiction and awaits transfer to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, two suspects robbed a gas station on the corner of Florida Boulevard and Lobdell Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Monday.
BRPD said the suspects walked into the Chevron station while the clerk was counting the money for a cash drop. Police added the clerk was distracted by a woman, believed to be Litty, while a man, believed to be Morris, grabbed the money from the clerk's hand.
The two suspects then left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. Investigators believe they drove off in a white Toyota Prius. No injuries were reported.
According to APSO, Morris has previously been arrested several times on multiple charges. Deputies said he has been arrested more than 19 times, including multiple counts of simple burglary and armed robbery, criminal trespass, resisting an officer and aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, drug charges and firearm by convicted felon.
They added he had been arrested 11 times in Ascension Parish prior to this incident.
Officials said Morris was charged in 2008 for a simple burglary that happened in Baton Rouge. They added he pleaded guilty in February 2010 and was sentenced to three years in state prison.