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Marshals Task Force finds suspect hiding in mattress in LaPlace

LAPLACE — Local officers with the Crisis Management and K9 units joined the U.S. Marshals Task Force in apprehending a fugitive, eventually locating the suspect hiding in a mattress last week in St. John the Baptist Parish.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Crisis Management Unit officers assisted the U.S. Marshals Task Force in arresting Allen Causey, 40, of Gonzales on Feb.  15.

Allen Causey

Allen Causey

Causey was wanted on several outstanding warrants from Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Charges ranged from drug distribution to weapons violations and crimes of violence.

Detective Thomas Ricks, assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force, received information that Causey was staying at an apartment complex on Windsor Court in LaPlace.

While attempting to apprehend Causey, the suspect fled by breaking into the attic and damaging several apartments.

Authorities said Causey was eventually located by Crisis Management officers, who responded to assist. The suspect was located, hiding inside of a mattress.

The St. John Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, used to clear the apartment, alerted officers to a mattress in the upstairs bedroom. Further inspection revealed Causey was inside of the mattress.

Officers cut Causey out of the mattress and took him into custody, authorities said.

He was booked with three counts of simple criminal damage to property $500 – $50,000 and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, then transferred Feb. 15 to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.