POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 28, 2012 - 12:36pm
GRETNA, LA — A Gretna man wanted for armed robbery marks the 800th arrest for the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, who created the fugitive apprehension program in 2008 to assist local law enforcement agencies with locating and apprehending fugitives from justice.
John West, 27, was being sought by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office as a suspect in an armed robbery in which the victim was tied up and robbed at gunpoint. The Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit, the Gretna Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint fugitive investigation to assist the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office in locating West. West was subsequently located at 1935 Claire Avenue, Apartment #F, Gretna, and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center as a fugitive from Livingston Parish on charges of armed robbery.
If convicted of armed robbery, West could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison.
The Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit is dedicated to assisting law enforcement agencies both inside and outside of Louisiana in locating and arresting wanted criminal suspects and fugitives. Crossing jurisdictional lines can be problematic for local law enforcement when searching for wanted criminal suspects who have fled to or are hiding in a different city, parish, or state. The Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit has statewide jurisdiction and can dedicate the time and resources necessary to track down and bring these fugitives to justice. The arrests made by the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit have included crimes such as murder, aggravated rape, attempted murder, sex crimes, theft, armed robbery, and other serious felony offenses. Any law enforcement agency needing assistance in locating or apprehending a wanted suspect can contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 225-326-6100.