Police: Car burglary suspect jumps in canal, can’t swim
SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A vehicle burglary suspect wearing an ankle monitor fled from police and was caught in a canal after allegedly breaking into more cars in a New Orleans suburb, authorities said Wednesday.
Slidell police said a trained canine tracked down a 16-year-old juvenile and the suspect, Raikenzie Durgin, 22.
Durgin jumped into the canal and had to be rescued because he couldn’t swim, Police Det. Daniel Seuzeneau said in a news release.
“I don’t want to give the impression it was a dramatic deep-water rescue,” said Seuzeneau, a department spokesman, speaking by phone. “He was helped to the bank because he was struggling.”
Durgin was wearing the ankle monitor as a condition for his release on bond after his seventh arrest on burglary charges in the past year, Seuzeneau wrote.
Seuzeneau said the dog caught the teen, who was treated for bites and taken to a juvenile detention center.
The incident began shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday with a call from a man who had found his vehicle burglarized, Seuzeneau said. Officers noticed other cars also had been broken into, and authorities said the police dog tracked the pair into nearby woods.
Seuzeneau said Durgin and the youth were arrested on seven counts each of simple burglary and one of resisting an officer. Durgin also faces a count of contributing to juvenile delinquency and two of failing to appear in city court, he said.
It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.