HAMMOND, LA (FOX44) — More details have been released regarding the man who forced the lockdown of three schools in Springfield on Monday. The reason he fled from deputies in Livingston Parish is because he was wanted for shooting a woman in the arm during a home invasion.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident occurred on Sunday, Feb. 17 at a home located on Happywoods Road. We’re told the suspect, Jarred Dotey, 20, of Ponchatoula, was armed with a gun when he entered the home and aggressively demanded money from the homeowner.
Officials say a family was located in the back bedroom during the robbery attempt. They say Dotey forced his way into the room and saw the family members escaping out the window.
Dotey reportedly followed the victims and caught up with a female. He allegedly shot her in the shoulder and stole her purse, which contained an unknown amount of cash.
Dotey fled the scene in a vehicle and was not located for several hours. That’s when a deputy in Livingston Parish attempted a traffic stop, but Dotey allegedly took off to avoid capture.
Deputies were unable to stop Dotey and the search was called off until someone spotted him near Springfield Elementary at around 8:00 a.m.
At the time of the attempted traffic stop, the deputy was unaware that the man who fled was wanted for the violent robbery in Hammond. Once he was spotted in an area near the schools and he was believed to be armed, deputies placed the schools on lockdown as a precaution.
Dotey was apprehended shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. He was arrested and charged by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office for Simple Burglary, Simple Burglary and Resisting an Officer. He will also face multiple charges from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office including Home Invasion.