Man wanted for New Orleans robberies caught locally

Published 8:57 am Friday, January 23, 2015

On Wednesday, officers with the Franklinton Police Department arrested Reginald Wilson, 46, the primary suspect in a recent string of Subway restaurant burglaries in New Orleans.

Officers received an anonymous tip regarding the possible whereabouts of Wilson. Outstanding warrants were confirmed through the New Orleans Police Department where Wilson was identified as the primary suspect in the restaurant burglaries.

Officers converged on the area and initially observed an individual matching the description of the burglary suspect. For a brief time the suspect evaded contact, however he was subsequently identified and taken into custody without incident.

As of Thursday afternoon, NOPD detectives were en route to the Franklinton Police Department to interview Wilson. Wilson has been arrested as a fugitive and will be turned over to the NOPD detectives for transport back to New Orleans. It is suspected Wilson has ties and/or family in the Franklinton area. FPD detectives are working with NOPD detectives to establish the connection and assist with the investigation in any way possible.

“After receiving the tip, officers did not hesitate in taking this dangerous suspect into custody,” Franklinton Police Department Maj. Justin Brown said. “Our community has averted a potential violent crime, and the NOPD can close out their cases knowing Wilson has been taken off the streets. Our sincere thanks go out to the anonymous citizen along with these brave officers.”

Brown commended the swift response of all officers involved.

Additionally, Brown recognized all the FPD officers involved in the capture. They included officers William Stogner, Michael Tate, Clay Arceneaux, D’Andrae Brock, Barry Galloway and dispatcher Dianna Graves.

“Their hard work brings great credit upon themselves, the Franklinton Police Department and our town,” Brown said on behalf of Chief Donald Folse.