Hunt continues for armed robbery suspects
Published 6:21 pm Wednesday, June 15, 2022
By Pamela Sleezer
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday morning as the hunt for two armed robbery suspects out of DeQuincy entered its second day.
Garrett Jensen, 21, is facing charges of attempted armed robbery, aggravated flight in a vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle, aggravated assault with a firearm and simple cruelty to animals after allegedly leading DeQuincy Police on a high speed chase through the town and into Oretta before fleeing on foot into the woods with a male accomplice.
Both subjects are believed to be armed and dangerous, and authorities are encouraging residents to remain vigilant and secure their homes and any structures that could be used for hiding.
According to Major Chief of Detectives Jerry Bell, at around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday morning DeQuincy dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from a woman who reported that a man with a gun was trying to rob her.
The victim later told detectives that as she was leaving her residence on Yoakum Street that morning to get into her friend’s waiting car, a green Ford F150 truck pulled up and blocked her friend’s car in the driveway. The victim said a man that she identified as Jensen got out of the truck and demanded money from her. When the woman refused, Jensen allegedly produced a pistol, chambered a round and then pointed it at her, saying he needed money.
The woman said another man with Jensen also pointed a gun at her.
The victim said she told Jensen she would make a call to get the money, and that was when she called 9-1-1.
Both Bell and Police Chief Casey Whitehead responded to the call and as they arrived at the location, Bell said the truck backed out of the driveway at a high rate of speed and then traveled down Frazier Street.
Bell and Whitehead were joined by Sgt. Annajo Haynes as they pursued the truck through DeQuincy and onto La. 27 North into Oretta.
Bell said at times, the truck reached speeds over 110 miles an hour, running stop signs and traveling into oncoming traffic lanes throughout the pursuit. The pursuit eventually ended when Jensen pulled the truck onto a logging road in Oretta and the two subjects fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with K9 search teams, but the search was forced to end as the dogs became exhausted.
Detectives with BPSO’s Narcotics Division processed the truck at the scene and located methamphetamine, narcan and other substances, and a fully loaded clip of 9mm and other bullets.
A small puppy was also located “chained in the vehicle,” which authorities said brought on the animal cruelty charges.
Bell said Jensen has a criminal history and already has several outstanding warrants for his arrest.
As of Wednesday morning, authorities say they believe the subjects may no longer be in the Oretta area and are expanding their search.