UPDATE – Press Release – After an almost three day search in the densely wooded area of the Cotile Lake community, accused home invader and attempted 1stdegree murder suspect Albert Micklus was taken into custody at approximately 5 pm yesterday in the 1200 block of Hoyt Road, Boyce after an extensive manhunt that started with a sighting earlier that morning.
At approximately 10 am Tuesday, Deputies, along with troopers and air assets from Louisiana State Police, and agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, were conducting a search in the wooded area off of Ball Cemetery Road and Parker Road. A Sgt. assigned to the Warrants Section was in the woods on foot tracking a trail he found when he encountered Micklus as he was hiding in a thick undergrowth on a green Honda four wheeler. As the deputy attempted to apprehend Micklus, Micklus attempted to run over the deputy and fled on the four wheeler only to abandon it approximately 1/2 mile in the woods from where the deputy first had contact. The deputy did not sustain any injuries. After this , the Winn Correctional Chase Team joined in the search..
Deputies on foot, along with RPSO canine Tripp, began tracking the suspect through the wooded area toward the Hoyt Road area. Detectives recovered the stolen four wheeler and continued their search, checking out deer stands in the woods and residences for signs of Micklus. At approximately 2:30, a homeowner in the 1200 block of Hoyt Road was alerted on his phone by his motion activated camera system that someone was on his property. Knowing of the manhunt, the homeowner immediately called Sheriff’s Office dispatch who relayed the real time information being given to them by the homeowner.
Deputies along with troopers, wildlife agents and members of the Winn Correctional Chase Team responded to the area arriving within 4 minutes and Micklus was nowhere to be found. Deputies found the front door of the residence kicked in so a search of the house was conducted. Deputies found evidence where Micklus went in the refrigerator and used the telephone while he was there. Deputies continued searching the immediate area and also responding to reports of possible sightings as far as Sugar Mill Rd. As the search party converged on Hoyt Road, the owner arrived and provided a key to a travel trailer that was located in a garage on the property. The garage had already been searched but the travel trailer was locked.
As the search party surrounded the garage, canine handler Deputy Kenny Abate and his canine partner Tripp entered the trailer, after announcing their presence, and located the suspect hiding in a bunk bed in the travel trailer, armed with a loaded AR-15 carbine. Canine Tripp was deployed and apprehended the suspect as deputies took the suspect into custody without further incident.
Cotile Volunteer Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance responded to treat wounds Micklus received in the canine apprehension. After he was treated on the scene, he was transported and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on the charges from the Sunday morning incident.
Today, detectives working a separate part of the investigation, have charged Micklus with additional charges stemming from the chase. Micklus will be re-arrested on these charges and booked later today.
Currently, Micklus is being held with bond. Detectives say the investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible.
“We are so thankful this ended peacefully with his capture yesterday afternoon” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. “With him arming himself with the AR-15, this could have very easily turned into a lethal force situation. I would like to thank the Cotile Lake community for their patience, support and prayers during this manhunt. I would also like thank our deputies and detectives for all the long hours and hard work they put into tracking this fugitive as well as those agencies that assisted us with this capture; Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, US Marshals Violent Offenders Task Force, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Winn Correctional Chase Team and the Cotile Volunteer Fire Department. And last but not least, the homeowner on Hoyt Road who notified us to Micklus’s presence at his house. Without his assistance, this manhunt may have had a very different ending.”
Original Charges: home invasion, attempted 1st degree murder, aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated kidnapping, domestic abuse battery,2nd degree battery
New charges: simple criminal damage to property, 2 counts criminal trespassing, Theft of a motor vehicle, Attempted theft, 3 counts aggravated burglary, Convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Criminal damage to property, 4 counts resisting an officer
UPDATE – Deputies have continued their search for Albert Micklus just after sunrise this morning. Detectives worked throughout the night following up on leads and tips on where Micklus might be.
Detectives have made an arrest in this case of Dolores Fernandez Micklus, 54 of 97 Cotile Drive of Boyce, LA. Mrs. Micklus was arrested for Obstruction of Justice, Criminal Conspiracy and Accessory after the Fact in connection with the search of her son, Albert.
Dolores Micklus was transported and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center late yesterday evening and at the time of this update, no bond has been set on her charges.
Original Press Release – At approximately 4:30 am this morning, deputies responded to 10000 block of LA Highway 28 West, Boyce in reference to a subject reporting being shot and a female being kidnapped.
Initial reports indicate the suspect, identified as Albert Micklus, 29 of Boyce, allegedly broke into the residence, shot the home owner and kidnapped the female that was with the victim.
The suspect forced the victim into her vehicle and fled the area.
The victim was transported and treated at a local hospital for superficial injuries. He has sense been released from the hospital.
Sheriffs Detectives responded to the scene and have been conducting their investigation throughout the day. Earlier this evening, the female victim was located and is ok.
Micklus abandoned the female kidnap victims vehicle near LA Highway 121 and Valentine Lake Road. Micklus is described as a white male, 5’5 tall, 174 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with “Just do it” Nike logo and blue jeans.
Deputies have been searching for Micklus in the woods off of LA Highway 121 and do consider him armed and dangerous.
Detectives have obtained warrants for Micklus’s arrest for home invasion, attempted 1st degree murder, aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated kidnapping, domestic abuse battery and 2nd degree battery.
If anyone has information on Micklus’s location, they are asked to call the Rapides Sheriff’s Office at 318-473-6700 or your local law enforcement agency.