Suspect swam away; Hide and go seek champion strikes again



Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 Natchitoches Police Department responded to shots being fired near the 700 Block of Abbie Drive. Units from the police department responded to the scene to discover the suspect. This led to a foot pursuit. Officers then reported seeing the suspect dive into Cane River Lake to evade capture. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with the Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, responded to the area to assist in locating the suspect who was identified by witnesses.

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Valere DeWayne Frazier, b/m, 33, of West Lawn Drive, Slidell, is wanted as the primary suspect in an active aggravated assault case and currently has active warrants for his arrest through the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office. Frazier remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. This investigation remains under investigation.

By Juanice Gray

Frazier committed a similar incident in 2016 in Red River Parish Frazier, of the 1100 block of Ashland Road, Coushatta, at the time was charged with Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Offenses, two counts Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Insurance Fraud.

With the exception of Insurance Fraud, all the charges stemmed from an incident that occurred April 20, 2016, on Woodland Hills Road in the Springville community near Coushatta. During the alleged altercation involving multiple subjects, Frazier reportedly become physically aggressive and was involved in the discharge of a firearm. He also reportedly used his vehicle in an attempt to strike an individual before colliding with an occupied vehicle.

After fleeing his vehicle on foot, deputies were unable to locate Frazier As the investigation and search for Frazier continued, investigators learned he had been arrested in south Louisiana on unrelated charges and was housed in the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He was transported to Red River Parish March 15, 2017.

The charge for Insurance Fraud originated from a Louisiana State Police investigation which resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for Frazier on April 18, 2016.

NPD urges any citizen with information in reference to this incident to call (318) 352-8101 or Lt. Commander Jeff Townson of the NPD Criminal Investigation Division at (318) 357-3852. All calls shall be kept confidential.

As of press time Wednesday morning, June 19, Frazier remained at large. We will have updates when they become available.

If you see the suspect do not contact him. He is considered armed and dangerous. Call 911.