NPSO: SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN PURSUIT MANHUNT NEAR AJAX; MANHUNT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have identified a suspect involved in this morning’s 22-mile pursuit on I-49 that began south of Natchitoches and ended in a single-vehicle crash just south of Ajax according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect then fled into the woods and a swamp area which resulted in a manhunt involving Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana State Police Air Support and the Winn Parish K-9 Tracking Team.
A National Crime Information Center Check revealed the 2014 Nissan Altima had been stolen in Slidell, La.
During the course of today’s investigation, deputies have identified the suspect as 20-year-old Adrian A. Cox Jr., B/M, Hgt/510, Wgt/135, with medium length dreadlocks and brown eyes last seen wearing a black shirt or black jacket.
Cox has ties to St. Tammany Parish and the Fort Worth, Texas area .
Deputies have learned and believe that Cox has been picked up by a female acquaintance and left the area.
Deputies have spoke with family members of Cox and asked that he turn himself in to law enforcement.
During a search of the vehicle pursuant to a search warrant issued by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge, deputies seized two handguns a Ruger .9mm and Ruger .380 caliber.
Cox is wanted by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office on criminal warrants signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge for Speeding 115+/75, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer, 2-counts of Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $5000, Criminal Damage to Property valued over $5000 and several other traffic violations.
Cox has a prior criminal history in St. Tammany Parish and Texas.
We thank the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for assisting us in our investigation by providing us with a mugshot of Cox.
Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Deputies also assisted briefly in the search this morning.
Sgt. B. Smith made the initial contact.