(Near Powhatan)-On Sunday June 5, 2022, while assisting a motorist on I-49 near the Powhatan exit, little did Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies know, the stranded motorist was a wanted rape suspect out of the State of Washington according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday evening, at approximately 11:00pm, Deputy C. Halliburton assigned to the NPSO Patrol Operations Bureau was dispatched by NATCOM 911 Center to a reported stranded motorist on I-49 near milepost #148 near the Powhatan exit, north of Natchitoches, La.

Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the operator of the Kia Soul identified as Kelvin Lirico Jones from Tacoma, Washington.

While on scene, deputies learned that a towing service would be needed to assist with the mechanical issue.

Deputies remained on scene awaiting the towing service arrival.

Shortly thereafter, NATCOM 911 Center alerted Deputy Halliburton, that Jones was wanted by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in Tacoma, Washington for Failure to Appear in Court for 2nd Degree Rape according to the National Crime Information Center.

NATCOM Communications Operators confirmed the warrant active since December 24, 2020.

Kelvin L. Jones, 46, of Tacoma, Washington was placed under arrest without incident transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Being a Washington State Fugitive for Failure to Appear in Court in December 2020 for 2nd Degree Rape.

Jones is expected to be extradited to Washington at a later date.

He remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center without bond.

Sheriff Wright said during a law enforcement officer’s tour of duty, you have to be always alert and prepared. You never know what may be encountered. Thankfully to the National Crime Information Center, a valuable law enforcement technology data center, we were able to take an alleged wanted rapist off the streets.”