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News Release

MacArthur Drive Suspect Information

Following last night's incident on MacArthur Drive, we are releasing the identity of the wanted person. Patrick Murry, 34, of Alexandria was wanted by Louisiana State Probation and Parole for a violation stemming from an aggravated assault charge.

Charges from the incident last night may follow after the scene is processed and the case is investigated.

At this time, a photo is not available of Murry.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest for Drugs, Stolen Gun

On May 7, at around 12:30 am, APD officers saw a vehicle traveling on MacArthur Drive in which multiple small children could be seen moving around and not in seat belts or child restraints. Officers conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver and passengers in the 700 block of MacArthur Drive. One of the passengers was identified as Trinity Jefferson, 44, of Colfax, who had an active warrant through the Alexandria City Court for Contempt of Court. Jefferson exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest.

During the arrest, Jefferson was found to be in possession of a handgun, despite being a convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing one. The officers conducted a complete search and found that Jefferson was also in possession of suspected heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, some of which was packaged for distribution, as well as varying types of drug paraphernalia. A check on the handgun revealed that it had been reported stolen through APD on May 2.

Jefferson was charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute - CDS II, two counts of Possession of CDS in the Presence of Minors, and one count each of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon with CDS, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Trinity Jefferson, 3/12/1974
210 Hudloop St, Colfax, LA

Parents Receive New Charge in Newborn Death

UPDATE (5/7/2018):
On May 4, APD detectives were notified by hospital staff that the newborn baby died. Detectives requested and obtained new warrants on Thelma Kirkland and Carl Hall for First Degree Murder. Both subjects were arrested at the Rapides Parish Detention Center, where they were still being held on the initial charge.

INITIAL RELEASE (2/26/2018):
On February 21, around 5:40 pm, APD officers were called to a house in the 1700 block of Bush Ave. When officers arrived, they contacted emergency personnel, who had been summoned earlier to a report of a miscarriage. They told officers that they had arrived and began treating the mother, and discovered a newborn baby, still alive, in the trash. Both the mother and baby were transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene. Detectives learned that after the baby was born, it was placed in the trash. According to the investigation, the parents then waited over an hour to call for help. On Friday, February 23, the investigation led to the arrest of both parents for Attempted First Degree Murder. Thelma Kirkland and Carl Hall were both arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. The baby is still on life support.

This investigation is still ongoing, and no other details are available at this time.

Thelma Kirkland, 10/22/1987
1714 Bush Ave, Alexandria, LA


Carl Hall, 6/8/1986
1714 Bush Ave, Alexandria, LA

Driver Arrested After Vehicle Chase

UPDATE (1500 HRS):
The initial release listed the offender as "Davis Peterson." The correct name is David Peterson. We apologize for the error.

On May 5, around 7:30 pm, an APD officer attempted to stop a vehicle on Lee Street, near MacArthur Drive, for traffic violations. The driver, later identified as Davis Peterson, initially stopped in the 3400 block of MacArthur Drive, but then refused to exit his vehicle. After briefly yelling out of the window, Peterson started his car and fled the scene toward Sterkx Road. Officers pursued the vehicle, which proceeded down Sterkx Road to North Mall Drive, then toward Broadway Avenue. The vehicle was eventually stopped in the 2700 block of Broadway Avenue.

Officers made contact with Peterson and took him into custody, and at that point discovered there was an 11-month-old child in the front seat of the vehicle. Peterson was charged with Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Red Light Violation, No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, No Child Restraint, and Aggravated Flight from an Officer. He was also charged with an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

David Peterson, 7/2/1982
1410 Marlene Street, Alexandria, LA

Driver Arrested for March 30 Traffic Fatalities

On Friday, March 30, around 11:40 pm, APD officers responded to a vehicle crash on Broadway Avenue on the I-49 overpass. As a result of the crash, two people, a 27-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son, were killed. Crash investigators and crime scene investigators were called out to the scene to conduct an investigation, which included a DWI investigation as is standard practice in a crash involving a fatality.

Chemical samples were sent for analysis on April 3, and the results were returned to APD on April 16. Investigators obtained a warrant for the at-fault driver, identified as John Scott, on April 18. Based on information that Scott was in California, APD investigators contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office for assistance in locating him. When they were unable to locate Scott, APD investigators made contact with the US Marshal's Office for assistance in locating him.

On May 1, investigators were contacted by Scott through his attorney, who agreed Scott would return to Louisiana. On May 3, Scott made contact with investigators in Alexandria and was taken into custody. He was charged with two counts of Vehicular Homicide, and one count each of 1st Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, Red Light Violation, and Possession of Marijuana-1st Offense. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

John Scott, 4/13/1975
2038 Sarah Street, Alexandria, LA

Wanted Fugitive Roy Hayes Captured

Following an April 18 break-in at a house on Moody Oaks, during which a resident was shot, APD detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Roy Hayes. Believing that he had fled the area, APD coordinated with the local US Marshal's Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force to assist in locating Hayes.

On April 24, the Jefferson County (Beaumont), Texas office of the US Marshal's Office obtained information on Hayes' whereabouts. That Task Force went to a residence and captured Hayes as he was attempting to flee. It is intended that Hayes will be brought from Texas back to Alexandria for prosecution.

Thank you to the US Marshal's office in Alexandria and Beaumont, Texas, and to all other agencies who helped in the search for Hayes.

Three Arrested in Carjacking Incident

UPDATE (4:05pm): Photos of arrested subjects added.


On April 23, at around 3:30 am, APD officers responded to a report of a robbery in 2100 block of Levin Street. Officers arrived and learned that the victim had been robbed at gunpoint and had his car stolen from him. According to the initial officer's report, the victim had been in the company of two women and was driving them home, and was directed by the women to Wheelock Street in Alexandria. When they arrived there, a man subject armed with a handgun approached them. The victim was ordered out of the car, and the male subject and the two women left in the car.

Detectives were called to the scene to begin their investigation. A short time after the robbery, the stolen vehicle was found on Lee Street. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, at which point the driver fled. Officers pursued the vehicle until it crashed on Duhon Lane, near Green Street, at which time the three occupants fled the crash on foot.

Over the next few hours, the three suspects were identified as Melvisha Michael, Kewanda Kirklin, and Jovante Freeman, and all three were located by 10:00 am. Detectives learned that all three were involved in setting up the robbery, and that Kirkland was driving the car when the three ran from police. All three were charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Resisting an Officer, and Kirkland was also charged with Flight from an Officer. They were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

At the time of publication, no photos were available for the three subjects. The investigation is still ongoing, and no other details are available at this time.

Melvisha Michael, 7/10/2000
2818 Darby Street, Alexandria, LA


Kewanda Kirklin, 8/15/2000
1320 Elliott Street, Alexandria, LA


Jovante Freeman, 1/28/2000
1525 Elliott Street, Alexandria, LA

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