Little did Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies know that while assisting a motorist on I-49 near the Powhatan exit Sunday, June 5, the motorist was a rape suspect wanted in Washington state.
Deputy C. Halliburton was dispatched by NATCOM 911 Center at 11 p.m. to a reported stranded motorist. Deputies spoke with the operator of the Kia Soul, identified as Kelvin Lirico Jones of Tacoma, Wash.
A towing service would be needed to assist with the mechanical issue.
Deputies remained on scene awaiting the tow truck.
NATCOM 911 Center operators alerted Halliburton that Jones was wanted by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in Tacoma for Failure to Appear in Court for second-degree Rape according to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Operators confirmed the warrant was active since December 24, 2020.
Jones, 46, was placed under arrest without incident and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center (NPDC) charged with being a Washington state fugitive for Failure to Appear in Court in December 2020 for second-degree Rape.
Jones remains in the NPDC without bond and is expected to be extradited to Washington.
Sheriff Wright said during a law enforcement officer’s tour of duty, one has to be always alert and prepared. “You never know what may be encountered. Thankfully to the National Crime Information Center, a valuable law enforcement technology data center, we were able to take an alleged wanted rapist off the streets,” he said.