As reported by NPJ on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office captured Kenneth Hardy, Jr., who had escaped from the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse on January 4th. Hardy was captured with the help of the U. S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit, the Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force and Natchitoches Police, who tracked Hardy down to his girlfriend’s house on Clarence Drive in Natchitoches. Hardy fell partially through the ceiling of the attic where he was hiding. See full details in related article. CLICK HERE
A joint investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, US Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force and Natchitoches Police has led to the capture of Natchitoches Parish Detention Center escapee Kenneth Hardy Jr., according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.
Hardy was captured on Wednesday morning after Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives, US Marshal’s and Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task …Agents executed a search warrant at Hardy’s girlfriend (Chassity Robinson) apartment in the 800 block of Clarence Drive in Natchitoches.
Detectives say Hardy was captured while running through and partially falling through the apartment attic.
Chassity Robinson was in the apartment and present during the arrest.
During the investigation, detectives developed reliable information that Robinson allegedly assisted and was harboring Hardy following his escape.
As a result, detectives arrested:
Kenneth Dewayne Hardy, 25, of the 200 block of Edwina Drive, Natchitoches, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Aggravated Escape, Introduction of a Contraband into a Penal Institution, 3-counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, and 3-counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms.
During a search of Hardy following the arrest, he was in possession of a cellphone and approximately $541 in cash.
Detectives say while conducting a search of Hardy’s girlfriend (Chassity Robinson) vehicle they discovered and seized a Ruger AR-15, ATI .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and Glock .380 semi-automatic handgun with ammunition for all three weapons.
All three weapons were recently stolen in vehicle burglaries in Natchitoches Parish.
At the time of Hardy’s escape, he was being held on Narcotics, Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, and Obstruction of Justice charges.
Chassity Robinson, 19 of the 800 block of Clarence Drive, Natchitoches, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Assisting Escape, and 1-count of Obstruction of Justice.
On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 5:42pm, detectives arrested:
Carolyn D. Robinson, 46, (Mother of Chassity) of the 600 block of Myrtle Drive, Natchitoches, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Assisting Escape, and 1-count of Failure to Appear in Natchitoches City Court.
A Tenth Judicial District Court Judge has set bond on Chassity Robinson at $152,000 dollars and Carolyn Robinson at $150,000.
During a briefing with Sheriff Victor Jones, Chief of Corrections Calvin McFerrin, Asst. Chief of Corrections Roger Henson, and NPSO Corrections Captain Glen Sers all agreed, they are pleased Hardy is back in custody and they appreciate the hard work by Deputies assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division, High Tech Crime Unit, Patrol Division, NPSO Corrections Division, Natchitoches Police Department and US Marshal’s Service.
We also appreciate the assistance of the media and their patience while we investigated this case which ultimately led to the capture of Hardy.
The case will be turned over to the Natchitoches District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
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