It all started on December 1st, when the Bogalusa Police Department was called to Wal Mart about property damage to the chain link fence located in the garden center. Management there observed two hover boards lying next to the fence where a hole had been cut. Devon Cotton (28) of Bogalusa was identified as the suspect in the theft of several other hover boards over a two to three week period.
Then, on December 21st, a BPD Detective was in the store conducting an investigation on an unrelated matter, when he was notified that Devon Cotton had just fled the store with another stolen hover board and left the parking lot in a white GMC Yukon. The vehicle was located at a residence in the 600 block of Michigan Ave. Cotton attempted to escape out of the rear door of the residence and was confronted by Officers. Cotton ran back into the residence and then dove out of a window. Cotton fled on foot into a nearby wooded area and the dog chase team from Rayburn Correctional Center was called out to help search. Cotton was eventually located and taken into custody.
Cotton suffered a severed tendon to his thumb when he dove through the window of the residence. He was taken to Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa and then to University Hospital in New Orleans. He was treated and released into the custody of the New Orleans Police Department. Upon his release from Orleans Parish Jail, Cotton will be returned to Bogalusa and booked on warrants charging him with Theft between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00, Criminal Damage to Property and Resisting an Officer.