Suspect captured after 4-hour manhunt in Natchez



A Natchitoches man wanted in connection with a domestic abuse incident in Natchez was captured after a four-hour manhunt Tuesday.

Deputies responded at 7:54 a.m. Dec. 18 to 911 reports of a female being abused by a male inside an apartment at Natchez Place Apartments in the 100 block of La. Hwy 119, Natchez, La.

Deputies could hear a disturbance, including a female pleading with someone to let her arm go so she could leave, ongoing inside the apartment.

Deputies gave verbal instructions to open the door or they would make entry based on exigent circumstances and a male yelled, “We are not doing nothing.”

A short time later, the female victim opened the door allowing deputies to enter the apartment.

K-9s as well as law enforcement on horseback searched a swamp area in heavy fog for the suspect.

Deputies conducted a protective sweep and search of the apartment discovering a stolen Glock .40 caliber handgun hidden near the sofa.

The victim informed deputies the suspect, DaJohn Hymes, 25, jumped out the bedroom window and fled.

Deputies exited the apartment and began the search for Hymes who was reportedly wearing red pajama pants and a white T-shirt.

Hymes was also wanted by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office for Resisting Arrest since January of 2018.

As the investigation and search continued, deputies spotted Hymes in a swamp area off La. Hwy 119.

Multiple NPSO deputies along with supervisors, a Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Task Force (NMJDTF) K-9 and agents, Natchez Police and the Winn Parish Tracking Team with K-9s and horses responded to aid in the search.

Some deputies remained at the scene interviewing the victim whom did not require medical attention but was referred to her private physician for an examination.

During the interview, deputies learned the suspect allegedly threatened to kill the victim if she left the apartment.

Law enforcement spotted Hymes in several areas but he eluded them by running in the woods or abandoned mobile homes areas in extremely foggy conditions.

At 11:25 a.m. deputies spotted Hymes running towards La. Hwy 494 in Natchez wearing only blue underwear with no shirt or shoes.

A perimeter was set. Deputies, K-9s and law enforcement on horseback focused on that area.

At 11:40 a.m. Hymes was captured and taken into custody without injuries.

The Winn Parish Chase team assisted Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies in capturing a man wanted in Caddo Parish. NPSO photo

DaJohn Hymes, 25, of the 300 block of Winnona Street, Natchitoches, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Domestic Abuse Battery, False Imprisonment, 2-counts of Resisting an Officer, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and being a Fugitive from Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Hymes remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond and transfer to Caddo Parish.

Hymes has prior arrests in Caddo, Red River, Sabine and Natchitoches Parishes.

Update: This morning, Wednesday, Dec. 19, rumors circulating in the Natchez area were the female victim was pregnant and she lost her baby as a result of the domestic abuse. Law enforcement talked with the victim. She followed up with her physician as instructed and reports she and her baby are fine.