For three hours last Thursday evening, June 9, 2016 travelers passing through Olla, LA witnessed a massive police presence in a manhunt for an escaped inmate. According to officials with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, the hunt for an escapee from Ouachita Parish involved eight different agencies culminating with the apprehension of Jeremy Fletcher, 26, formerly of Olla. Fletcher, who is serving time in Ouachita Parish on narcotic charges, escaped while working in the Ouachita Parish Work Release Program.
“The Olla Police Department and the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office were notified of Fletcher’s escape Thursday by Olla Police Chief John Stott. Chief Stott located Fletcher at the Olympia Estates apartments in Olla around 5:00 PM on the 9th, but he fled into nearby woods, according to a LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Detective.
At this point, multiple agencies converged upon Olla and established a search perimeter around the location where Fletcher was last seen.
Once the perimeter was secured, officers waited for the Winn Parish Correctional System Chase Team to arrive with trained search and rescue canines. During the wait, officers searched the area by air using a Louisiana National Guard helicopter. When the chase team arrived, they released their canines inside the perimeter and followed them on horseback. The dogs easily picked up the scent of the escaped prisoner and located him around 8:00 PM, approximately 150 yards from his entry point.
Fletcher was taken into custody and transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of Fugitive From Another Jurisdiction (Ouachita Parish) and Flight From An Officer. He was returned to Ouachita Parish on Friday, June 10, 2016, where he faces additional charges.
The massive manhunt included the Olla Police Department, LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, Winn Parish Corrections, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ouachita Parish Corrections, Tullos Police Department, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Louisiana National Guard (helicopter).