Feb 18, 2014 1:57 AM by Erin Steuber

Passenger Identified in Kaplan Search

Police have now identified the male passenger in Monday night's police chase that ended in Kaplan. They say Lawrence St. Julien, also of Kaplan, is under arrest, but police are not revealing his charges. His arrest stems from the search for, and arrest of, 27 year-old Robert Senegal of Kaplan.

This all started around 6 o'clock Monday evening, when police tried to stop Senegal in Maurice for an outstanding warrant in connection with a parole violation. At that time, Senegal took off, leading police on a chase 16 miles away to Kaplan. He ultimately abandoned the vehicle, and ran off. Police took St. Julien into custody, and set up a one block perimeter on Lemaire St. where they believed Senegal was hiding in, or under, a home. Senegal was considered armed and dangerous.

Two homes were evacuated while S.W.A.T. conducted their search. It wasn't until around 11 o'clock a K-9 unit found Senegal underneath a brick home. He was covered in mud and only wearing underwear. Police took him into custody without incidence and he was examined by Acadiana Ambulance. Police do believe Senegal was under the influence of drugs, or alcohol, at the time of his arrest.

Senegal is charged with speeding (90 mph in a 55), aggravated flight, resisting arrest, simple criminal damage to property, outstanding warrant (probation) and wreckless operation. Police do say Senegal has a violent and extensive criminal history but could not elaborate.

Senegal and St. Julien are being held at the Vermillion Parish Jail.


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