At approximately 6:00 a.m., Saturday, August 22, a citizen arriving at his residence on Harry Kennedy Road in Angie interrupted a burglary in progress. The burglar sped away as the homeowner approached the house. The homeowner followed in his vehicle.
After several minutes, the burglar’s vehicle suddenly stopped on a bridge on Highway 438. The driver jumped out of his vehicle and ran into the swampy area underneath the bridge before disappearing into the thick woods.
The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office quickly responded to the scene. Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Sheriff’s Office detectives and canine officers from Rayburn Correctional Center, followed the suspect’s trail through the woods and tracked him to Cleve Kennedy Road where he was located hiding in a shed behind a residence. Matthew Anthony Stevens, 28, who lives at 52184 Highway 438, Franklinton, was quickly taken into custody and placed in the Washington Parish Jail. All of the items taken from the Harry Kennedy Road burglary were recovered.
“Within two hours of the burglary, the suspect was in our custody,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our officers did an outstanding job. Along with officers from Rayburn Correctional Center, they make a formidable team. I appreciate RCC Warden Sandy McCain and his entire staff for the excellent job they do to assist us whenever we call on them. It was tough tracking him through the thick woods on a hot and humid morning, but the officers stuck with the task and made the arrest. Thanks, men, for a job well done.”
Stevens remains in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $25,000.