Fugitives wanted for murder out of Washington Parish arrested in Alabama

Fugitives wanted for murder out of Washington Parish arrested in Alabama
Levi Lee, Lance Rouse, and Michelle Smith (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)

WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Three fugitives out of Bogalusa were arrested in Montgomery County, Alabama after a nationwide alert went out for their capture.

Officials with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office say the three fled to Pearl County, Mississippi, then to Montgomery County, where a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office spotted their vehicle on I-65 south of Montgomery and pursued them.

The suspects are:

  • Levi Austin Lee, 17, of Carriere, Mississippi
  • Lance Hunter Rouse, 24, of Picayune, Mississippi
  • Melissa Michelle Smith, 29, of Tylertown, Mississippi

The three suspects are all charged with first degree murder and armed robbery.

“As I said previously, our detectives did an outstanding job solving this case quickly, seeing the suspects captured within hours. I am so grateful for all our officers did and thankful for the excellent help we received from other law enforcement agencies in the capture and return of the fugitives to Washington Parish. Sheriffs Davis Allison of Pearl River County, Mississippi, Kyle Breland of Walthall County, Mississippi, Derrick Cunningham of Montgomery County, Alabama, and Sam Cochran of Mobile County, Alabama, along with their respective staffs, went above and beyond the call of duty to assist us. This is yet another example of the excellent law enforcement partnerships we have with other sheriff’s offices. They always stand ready to assist us just as we always stand ready to assist them,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.

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