Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents captured a Missouri rape suspect after a brief manhunt near the Allen community on Thursday afternoon in west Natchitoches Parish according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.
NPSO Patrol Division deputies and NPSO Criminal Investigations Division detectives were working in the Allen community on a criminal investigation Jan. 26 at 12:26 p.m. when they observed three individuals walking on Hwy. 485.
They stopped to identify and interview the individuals. While requesting NCIC criminal background checks, one of the three identified as Ernest Calvin Meeks Jr., 23 of Robeline, fled into some woods on near Allen-Marthaville Road.
The NCIC database check revealed Meeks was wanted by the Kansas City, Missouri Police for Forcible Rape with a Gun since November 2016.
Additional NPSO Deputies and NMJDTF agents responded to the scene while LSP Air Support and Winn Correctional Center bloodhounds were deployed to the area to assist in the manhunt.
Deputies set-up a perimeter of the area and continued sightings of the suspect as he ran in the woods attempting to evade arrest.
At 1:02 p.m., Meeks was taken into custody without incident.
Meeks was transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, where he was booked, and charged with being a Fugitive from Missouri for Forcible Rape with a Gun.
He is expected to be extradited to Missouri at a later date.
Sheriff Jones said that he is extremely pleased that the NPSO has taken a rape suspect off of the streets in Natchitoches Parish; and saved others from possible harm from this individual who belongs incarcerated until he is brought before the court of law.