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June 13 09:52 AM

Suspect captured while trying to flee U.S.

A Shreveport man wanted in connection with a series of property crimes in south Shreveport has been arrested in Dallas, Texas.

Johnathon Igbokwe, 30, had successfully eluded local authorities for weeks following the issuance of a warrant for his connection with more than a dozen residential burglaries in south Shreveport.

Igbokwe was taken into custody Sunday evening as he attempted to board an airplane scheduled to leave the country from Dallas- Fort Worth’s International Airport.

Igbokwe was arrested by United States customs agents at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon after it was learned that he was a wanted fugitive.

Igbokwe’s flight, a British Airways jetliner destined for Africa, was not delayed as he was swarmed by agents before he boarded the plane.

Igbokwe was transported to the Dallas County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition hearings.

Bond in the matter has been set at $500 million.

Igbokwe’s most recent escape from justice came last Sunday, June 1. Shreveport police received a tip identifying the license plate of a vehicle he was driving. Local officers spotted him driving a 2002 Toyota Camry. A patrol unit activated its lights and sirens in an attempt to pull him over.

Igbokwe refused to stop and picked up speed. He then pulled into a parking lot at a hotel on Monkhouse Drive, jumped out of the car and disappeared over a wooden privacy fence, leaving the car behind.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found a number of items believed to have been stolen. Those items included several expensive watches, a Lexus key chain, several laptop computers, several cell phones, a pair of Gucci eyeglasses and various pieces of jewelry.

Igbokwe has been the suspect in an ongoing investigation into the pawning of merchandise that was found to have been stolen during a residential burglary of a home in the Brunswick Place subdivision late last month. Investigators estimate the stolen property was valued at $20,000.

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