HAMMOND, LA.(NBC33) — A tip from Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest of a Hammond couple accused of bank fraud, theft, and forgery in Louisiana and three other states.
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Ernest Taylor, 26, and Tracie Mixon Miles, 30, both from Hammond on Monday, October 3. The pair was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison as fugitives from Louisiana, Utah, Colorado, and Washington. The pair has more than two dozen pending charges including forgery, identity theft, bank fraud, and communications fraud.
Taylor and Miles’ alleged crimes are being investigated by the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in Utah, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in Washington.
In 2008, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell established the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, a program created to assist local law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending fugitives. To date, more than 600 fugitives have been captured as a result of Caldwell’s initiative.