Kentwood, La. (NBC33) — Kaunda Magee has been on the loose since last Thursday in the thick woods of Tangipahoa Parish. He seems to always be just one-step ahead of local, state, and even federal law enforcement.
"He certainly doesn't mind living in these woods for a week," said Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards. "And he's got an uncanny ability to elude not only Tangipahoa Parish K-9, but three or four other agencies who brought bloodhounds. Though they had a good track on him, (they) come up empty-handed."
Simply put, residents of East Fork, outside of Kentwood, are scared.
"Scared for me and my family," said Gwendolyn Goldman, who lives in East Fork. "Scared to sleep at night, scared to travel out at night, scared to walk out at night."
During the week, Magee has already burglarized five homes, tying up a woman at one house in the process. The sheriff said Magee showered, stole food, water, camouflage clothing, and a gun -- believed to be the weapon he shot a police dog with..
Authorities believe they have him surrounded, but are not sure.
"We have a perimeter set up that we believe Magee is inside of," Sheriff Edwards said. "The perimeter is 20 to 25 square miles, that's the problem."
As Magee remains on the loose, the sheriff advises families to secure their homes at all times, and report any suspicious activity.