Fugitive caught after 2 weeks on the run; returned to Louisiana
POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:42pm
HAMMOND, LA. (NBC33) — THIS IS A NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Kaunda Magee was moved from where he was caught in Mississippi to the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.
The transfer was heavily guarded. An official with the Department of Corrections says seven officers escorted Magee to St. Gabriel over the weekend. He was treated in Mississippi after being shot before he was caught.
Magee still hasn't been charged in his two week run from police.
THIS IS A NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Kaunda Magee is now in Police custody. He was apprehended in Pike County, Mississippi. Details are limited but it is reported he was taken to the hospital for being shot. More on this story at 5:00 p.m. on NBC33 News.
THIS IS A NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the sheriff’s office and numerous partnering law enforcement agencies continue to search for wanted fugitive 36 year old Kaunda Magee. 12 days ago, Magee fled on foot after leading deputies on a chase from Washington Parish into Tangipahoa.
Magee is wanted by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for an incident which occurred on October 3, 2011, in Washington Parish. Magee has outstanding warrants for Aggravated Kidnapping, Rape and 4 counts of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. He now faces numerous charges in Tangipahoa Parish including the Attempted Murder of TPSO K9 Titan.
Magee was last seen on October 14, 2011, where he walked up the back door of a residence and asked if he could enter the home. When he was rejected, he fled back into the heavily wooded area. He was reported to be wearing camouflage pants, a green hooded shirt and black lace up boots.
As reported sightings of Magee flood the sheriff's office, deputies and law enforcement agencies are aggressively responding to investigate each lead.
The 12 day man hunt has taken place primarily within a heavily wooded area from Kentwood to East Fork. "We have gone after this aggressively," states Sheriff Edwards. "We have received an abundance of support from 15 additional law agencies and from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.”
Sheriff Edwards has announced a combined $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the capture and arrest of Magee. Anyone having information is asked to call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985)345-6150 or 911.
To report anonymous tips, contact Crime Stoppers at (800)554-5245.
THIS IS A NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Washington Parish Fugitive, 36 year-old Kahnuda Magee, is still at large Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says.
Searches continue in Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes.
There have been several reported sightings of Magee in both parishes. During the search, a police dog was shot. The dog is still alive and was rushed to a vet. Police suspect Magee shot the animal.
Yesterday, several residences were burglarized near the perimeter of the search area; therefore the sheriff’s office is exhausting all resources in the efforts to keep the community safe. Police are asking the public to keep their doors locked at all times and pay attention to their surroundings.
The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Magee is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (800)554-5245.
ORIGINAL STORY (10/17/11): Police in Kentwood, La. are looking for a man who has multiple warrants out for his arrest.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports that the sheriff's office is looking for wanted suspect Kahunda Magee, 36, bm, gold teeth, wearing a white shirt and black jeans and allegedly armed with a handgun.
Magee is wanted for fleeing from Washington Parish Sheriff's Office deputies into Tangipahoa Parish at approximately 4:00 PM today. Magee fled on foot north into a wooded area on HWY 38 in Kentwood near the Tangipahoa River.
TPSO deputies, Mounted deputies and the Special Response Team are on site in search of the suspect. Assisting agencies are St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, LA State Police, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Franklinton PPD, Probation & Parole, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Wile Life and Fisheries, Raburn Correctional and Amite Fire.
Mcgee was wanted on outstanding warrants for Aggravated Rape, Kidnapping, Criminal Damage to Property and 4 counts of Attempted Murder on a Police Officer.
Anyone having I information regarding this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800)554-5245 or please dial 911.