A man who has been wanted by several Louisiana parishes was arrested Friday.
According to a release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, Richard Stevens, 47, was arrested in Missouri and is currently awaiting extradition back to Louisiana to face several charges of theft and burglary.
VPSO Chief of Detectives Marvin Hilton said Stevens was originally arrested by the Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office for the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. Stevens, however, managed to escape and traveled through Beauregard Parish where he stole a vehicle and then made his way into Vernon Parish.
On Monday, August 17, VPSO deputies investigated the burglary of a local residence that was believed to have been committed by Stevens and his name, along with several aliases that he used, was entered into the National Criminal Intelligence Center database as a fugitive.
It was this information that alerted a Pemiscot County police officer in Missouri when he discovered Stevens sleeping in a stolen vehicle parked outside of an apartment complex.
Stevens was arrested and booked into the county jail where he remains. A hold has been placed on Stevens for the crimes he committed while in Louisiana.
Vernon Parish charges that are awaiting Stevens include burglary of an inhabited dwelling, five counts of theft of firearms and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He also has warrants issued for him from the state of Oregon.