Monday, December 19, 2005

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Attorney General Abbott's Investigators Nab Violent Louisiana Fugitives Who Came To Texas After Hurricane Katrina

HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced his investigators have tracked down 13 Louisiana fugitives who went into hiding from law enforcement during the evacuation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. All 11 men and two women were wanted in connection with some type of violent crime. Nine were arrested in Houston, two in Fort Worth, one in Austin and one in Conroe.

The fugitives were apprehended during a roundup that Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit conducted in late November and December, using information provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. Law enforcement officers in Harris, Tarrant and Montgomery counties assisted in the arrests.

“Texans rightly opened our arms and hearts our Louisiana neighbors as they fled the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. But even as we provided a refuge for evacuees in need, we will not allow fugitives from the law to exploit the situation by hiding in our state,” Attorney General Abbott said. “I’m pleased our Fugitive Unit officers were able to use federal information to track down these men and women, and I thank the local law enforcement authorities who helped us bring them into custody. We are continuing to aggressively pursue other fugitives who are still at large.”

The 13 arrested fugitives were found after the Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit identified 29 Louisiana fugitives on the FEMA list who were wanted for or convicted of violent crimes. Those fugitives included three wanted for homicide, seven for assault and aggravated assault, seven for rape or sexual offenses and others wanted for various other violent crimes.

Arrested Fugitives
Belinda LaFrance
Belinda LaFrance
Terry Alexis Jr.
Terry Alexis Jr.
Wanted Fugitives
Eugene Davis
Eugene Davis
Troy Dixon
Troy Dixon

Among those still at large is a convicted felon wanted for a parole violation in connection with the death of an infant. Eugene Davis, 38, whose last known address is Southlake,TX, was arrested in 1985 after physically abusing a 6-month-old baby who died as a result of the abuse. The original offense was second-degree murder, though he was convicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter. Davis was paroled in 1992 and a parole violation warrant issued on Jan. 6, 2004, after he failed to report to his parole officer.

Another subject still at large is wanted for the attempted homicide of a Louisiana law enforcement officer. In July, Troy Dixon, 29, allegedly tried to run over a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy who was trying to arrest him after a disturbance call. Dixon’s last known address is in Houston. Anyone with tips about their location is urged to call their local police department or sheriff’s office.

Information About The 13 Arrested Fugitives

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Video of Arrest
Video of 3 Fugitive Arrests
Video of Houston News Conference
Video of Houston News Conference

View Photos of Arrested Fugitives

Bryant Louis McDaniels, 23
Arrest date, location: Nov. 30 in Austin
Additional information: McDaniels was wanted by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety (DPS) on a probation violation after being convicted of carnal knowledge (sexual intercourse) of juvenile. McDaniels was at his mother’s house in Austin when Fugitive Unit investigators arrested him. McDaniels was transported to the Travis County Jail.

Ronald Duhon, 36
Arrest date, location: Dec. 1 in Houston
Additional information: Duhon was wanted by the Louisiana DPS for a probation violation in connection with an aggravated battery/assault charge. Duhon had moved to Houston and was arrested by Fugitive Unit investigators at his residence. Duhon was transported to the Houston City Jail.

Deyon Nekiel Hypolite, 29
Arrest date, location: Dec. 1 in Houston
Additional information: Hypolite was wanted by the New Iberia, La., Police Department on several outstanding warrants for weapons charges and for aggravated assault with a firearm. Fugitive Unit investigators arrested him at a Houston residence. Hypolite was transported to the Harris County Jail.

Milton Tyrone Jacobs, 34
Arrest date, location: Dec. 2 in Houston
Additional information: Jacobs was wanted by the East Baton Rouge, La. Sheriff’s Department for failing to appear to face stalking charges. Jacobs, who had been a fugitive since June 24, was arrested at a Houston residence. Fugitive Unit personnel transported him to the Harris County Jail.

Terry Benjamin Alexis, Jr., 31
Arrest date, location: Nov. 29 in Conroe
Additional information: Alexis was wanted since Aug. 18 by the Louisiana DPS for a parole violation in connection with a robbery conviction. Alexis had been a fugitive since 8/18/2005. The Fugitive Unit contacted the security manager of a Conroe apartment complex – who was also an off-duty Conroe police officer – and confirmed that Alexis was residing at the complex. The officer then arrested Alexis and transported him to the Montgomery County Jail.

Robert Jackson,47
Arrest date, location: Dec. 7 in Houston
Additional information: Jackson was wanted by the Louisiana DPS for a parole violation of carrying a prohibited weapon. Fugitive Unit investigators tracked Jackson to a Houston apartment complex and arrested him without incident. Jackson was transported to the Houston City Jail.

Tyrone Hilton, 42
Arrest date, location: Dec. 7 in Houston
Additional information: Hilton was wanted since Nov. 1 by the Louisiana DPS for violating his parole on an armed robbery conviction. Fugitive Unit personnel tracked Hilton to a Houston apartment complex where he had been living. Investigators spotted Hilton in the lobby and arrested him without incident. He was then transported to the Houston City Jail.

Belinda Marks Lafrance, 27
Arrest date, location: Dec. 7 in Houston
Additional information: Lafrance was wanted since June 11 by the Bogalusa, La., Police Department on aggravated assault charges. The Fugitive Unit received intelligence that Lafrance was living at an apartment complex in Houston. Fugitive Unit investigators spotted Lafrance standing outside the complex and arrested her without incident. Lafrance was then transported to the Houston City Jail.

Kenneth Harris, 19
Arrest date, location: Dec. 8 in Houston
Additional information: Harris was wanted since Oct. 21 by the New Orleans Sheriff’s Department for escaping after he was arrested for aggravated assault with a gun. Fugitive Unit personnel received information that Harris was living at an apartment complex in Houston. When they arrived at the complex, they found Harris hiding in a closet. He was arrested and transported to the Houston City Jail.

James T. Smith Jr., 45
Arrest date, location: Dec. 8 in Fort Worth
Additional information: Smith was wanted since Sept. 23, 2003, by the Louisiana DPS for violating his parole on a first-degree robbery conviction. After Fugitive Unit investigators received information that Smith was living in Fort Worth, they alerted the Fort Worth Police Department, which located and arrested him at a residence and transported him to the Tarrant County Jail.

Terry Jefferson, 28
Arrest date, location: Dec. 9 in Houston
Additional information: Jefferson was wanted since July 14 by the Louisiana DPS for a parole violation in connection with an armed robbery conviction. He was arrested by Fugitive Unit investigators at a Houston residence and was transported to the Houston City Jail.

Calvin Turner, 47
Arrest date, location: Dec. 11 in Houston
Additional information: In 1992, Turner was convicted of sexual battery in Orleans Parish district court in Louisiana. He then moved to Florida, where he registered as a sex offender but subsequently failed to maintain his registration. He had been wanted since May 24 by the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department for failing to register as a sex offender. He subsequently moved to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and applied for federal aid. The Fugitive Unit tracked Turner to a Houston apartment complex and notified the Houston Police Department he was there. Police officers subsequently arrested Turner at the complex. Turner was transported to the Houston City Jail.

Michelle Hill, 47
Arrest date, location: Dec. 14 in Fort Worth
Additional information: Hill was wanted since March 31 by the Louisiana DPS for a parole violation in connection with her sex offense conviction. Fugitive Unit investigators received information indicating Hill was living at a Fort Worth residence and notified the Fort Worth Police Department. Police officers subsequently arrested her at the residence without incident. Hill was then transported to the Tarrant County Jail.

Cracking down on sexual predators is a top priority of Attorney General Abbott’s administration. His Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units have arrested almost 370 sexual predators since he took office in December 2002. The Cyber Crimes Unit, which investigates and apprehends online child predators, has made 69 arrests to date. The Fugitive Unit tracks down convicted sex offenders who have violated their parole, as well as unregistered sex offenders and other fugitives. To date, the Unit has arrested 310 wanted fugitives, including 299 convicted sex offenders. To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.