News Release

News Release

Vehicle Chase Leads to Drug Arrest

On February 5, shortly after midnight, APD officers attempted to stop a vehicle for having no brake lights near Overton Street and Huffman Street. When officers turned on their emergency lights and siren, the vehicle sped up and attempted to flee. The driver continued recklessly, running stop signs and red lights, driving into oncoming traffic and exceeding the speed limit by approximately 25 mph.

While fleeing, the driver threw a small package out of the window of the car and continued fleeing. The driver eventually stopped on Harris Street, where officers took him into custody and identified him as Shontell Seawright, 44. On the floorboard of the car, officers saw a white, rock-like substance, suspected to be crack cocaine. Another officer found the package that was thrown from the car, and it contained more of the suspected crack cocaine.

Seawright was charged with Improper Tail Lights, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of CDS II (Cocaine), Obstruction of Justice, Improper Vehicle Equipment, Running a Stop Sign, Running a Red Light, and No Driver's License. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center; this is his 38th booking.

Shontell Seawright, 01/08/1974
1510 Huffman Street, Alexandria

Video of Pornography Involving Juveniles

If you come across a video depicting what you suspect is child pornography, DO NOT SHARE IT OR SEND IT TO ANYONE!

The Alexandria Police Department was notified a few days ago of the existence of a video depicting child pornography that has been circulating the internet and that many locals have become aware of. The video originated overseas and we want to assure the public that the proper authorities are aware of it and are pursuing the suspects involved in making and distributing it.

DO NOT SHARE THIS VIDEO. DO NOT SEND IT TO FRIENDS, STRANGERS OR NEW AGENCIES HOPING THAT SOMEONE CAN IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT. BY SHARING IT OR SENDING IT, YOU ARE DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

Convicted Felon Caught with Firearm After Chase

On January 30, around 8:00 pm, APD officers responded to the 1800 block of Monroe Street to a report of a robbery that had just occurred. Officers in the area were conducting their investigation in the 1700 block of Monroe Street and attempted to contact a male subject who was crossing Bolton Avenue. When officers stopped, the suspect fled on foot for a short distance to the 100 block of 16th Street. As officers pursued, they could see the male dive beneath a vehicle and throw an object under it. The male then surrendered, and after he was taken into custody, the officers looked where he had thrown the object and discovered it was a handgun.

The gun was collected, and the male was identified as Demarcus Scales, 33. Officers determined that Scales was prohibited from possessing a firearm, and had multiple warrants for his arrest through the Alexandria City Court. Scales was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Resisting an Officer, and the warrants. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Demarcus J Scales, 01/12/1985
108 Hope St, Alexandria, LA

Convicted Felon Arrested with Firearm

On January 31, at around 3:00 pm, APD officers were conducting an investigation at a business in the 1000 block of MacArthur Drive. Officers contacted a vehicle on the parking lot where the driver and two passengers were sitting. The driver had no license or identification, but provided his name as Cark Knutson, 49. Officers determined that Knutson had an active warrant through the Alexandria City Court and placed him under arrest. During a search following the arrest, officers found a handgun, which Knutson was prohibited from possessing. Knutson was charged with his warrant and with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, as well as an unrelated warrant through the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Carl W Knutson, 03/20/1968
160 Underwood Rd, Hineston, LA

Missing Person - Please Help Locate

On January 30th, a missing person report was filed with APD regarding Roderick Celestine. Roderick was last seen on Friday, January 26, at a residence on Orchard Street in Alexandria. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black jeans, with low cut hair, a trimmed beard, and a star tattoo on his right hand. He is 27 years old, and approximately 5'9", 145 lbs.

If you have seen Roderick, or know his whereabouts, please contact the Alexandria Police Department Detective Division at (318) 441-6416, or after hours call Dispatch at (318) 449-5099.

MISSING PERSON
Roderick Celestine

Suspect Charged with Stealing Purse at Church

On January 27, around 10:30 am, APD officers responded to a report of a theft at a downtown Alexandria church. Officers arrived and contacted the victim, who had been attending a service in the church that morning. The victim had left her purse in the back row and it had been taken during the service.

Officers conducting the investigation were lead to a residence in the 800 block of Fisk Street, a few blocks from the church. Officers went to the residence and contacted the occupants, and shortly thereafter placed one subject, Harold "Hal" Skipper, under arrest for the theft. Skipper was charged with Theft, $1000-5000, and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Harold Skipper, 06/14/1959
819 Fisk Street, Alexandria, LA

Convicted Felon Arrested Carrying Concealed Weapon

On January 26, around 11:00, APD officers responded to the 1700 block of Elliott Street to a complaint of a person carrying a concealed weapon. Officers arrived and contacted the complainant, who was speaking with the male suspect, and had seen the butt of a gun in the suspect's pocket. Officers saw the weapon and retrieved it, inquiring if the suspect had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, which he did not. The suspect was identified as Chance Hammond, and officers learned he is a convicted felon, prohibited from carrying a firearm.

Hammond was arrested and charged with Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Chance Hammond, 09/04/1992
2012 Elliott Street, Alexandria, LA

Burglary Suspect Arrested after Vigilant Witness Calls

On January 26, around 2 am, APD officers responded to the 3900 block of Ellis Street to a report of burglars in the area. A resident saw two subjects pulling on car door handles and entering one vehicle. While on the phone with police, the resident saw the burglars enter another vehicle. The two subjects were wearing dark clothes and gloves.

Officers arrived in the area and quickly located the burglars nearby, breaking into another vehicle in the 3800 block of Ellis Street. The burglars saw police and fled the scene with officers in pursuit. Officers caught one suspect after a brief chase and identified him as Brendon Fitzpatrick. After taking Fitzpatrick into custody, officers found stolen property from one of the burglarized vehicles in his pocket. The other suspect could not be located.

Fitzpatrick was charged with five counts of Simple Burglary, as well as Possession of CDS II (Hydrocodone) and Resisting an Officer. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

It is important to note that all five of the vehicles these suspects broke into were left unlocked. APD would like to remind everyone that you should always remove valuables from your vehicle and lock it, even at home. And remember, if you see suspicious activity or witness a crime, don't assume someone else will call the police. Make the call yourself, and you may help catch a burglar and help your neighbors.

Brendon Fitzpatrick, 12/24/1999
604 Fred Loop, Alexandria, LA

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest for Drugs, Counterfeit Money

On January 23, at around 2:10 pm, APD traffic officers were conducting traffic control in the Nachman School zone. The officers stopped a subject for speeding and identified him as Matthew Fontanille, 34. During the stop, officers found that Fontanille had an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court, and placed him under arrest. Officers also discovered that the license plate on the vehicle had previously been stolen.

During a search following the arrest, officers found suspected methamphetamine in the pocket of Fontanille's jacket. Also during the search, officers found a large number of counterfeit $20 bills, as well as other items used for creating counterfeit bills. Fontanille was transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center, where he was charged with his warrant, Possession of CDS II, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Register a Vehicle, Driving without Insurance, and 145 counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse (counterfeit currency).

Matthew Fontanille, 09/28/1983
6106 Bayou Crossing, Alexandria

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