(12/19/18) A Natchitoches man wanted in connection with a domestic abuse incident in Natchez was captured after a four hour manhunt on Tuesday morning according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.
On Tuesday morning December 18 at approximately 7:54 am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to 911 reports of a disturbance at Natchez Place Apartments in the 100 block of La. Hwy 119 in Natchez, La.
The callers reported it appeared that a female was being abused by a male inside the apartment.
Deputies arrived on scene a short time later and they could hear a disturbance inside the apartment.
Deputies could hear a female pleading to let her arm go so she could leave.”
Deputies gave verbal instructions to open the door or they would make entry based on exigent circumstances and a male yelled “we are not doing nothing”.
A short time later, a female identified as the victim opened the door allowing deputies to enter the apartment.
Deputies then conducted a protective sweep and search of the apartment discovering a stolen Glock .40 caliber handgun hidden near the sofa.
The victim informed deputies the suspect identified as 25-year-old DaJohn Hymes jumped out the bedroom window and fled.
Deputies exited the apartment and began searching the area for Hymes reportedly wearing red pajama pants and a white t-shirt.
Deputies also learned Hymes was wanted by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office for Resisting Arrest since January of 2018.
As the investigation and search continued, deputies spotted Hymes in a swamp area off of La. Hwy 119.
Multiple NPSO Deputies along with supervisors , a NMJDTF K-9, NMJDTF agents, Natchez Police and the Winn Parish Tracking Team with K-9s and horses responded to the area to aid in the search.
Some deputies remained at the scene interviewing the victim that did not require medical attention but was referred to her private physician for an examination.
During the interview, deputies learned the suspect allegedly threatened to kill the victim if she left the apartment.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents, Natchez Police and the Winn Parish K-9 Tracking Team with horses responded to the scene to aid in the search for Hymes.
Throughout the search, law enforcement spotted Hymes in several areas but he would elude them running in the woods or abandoned mobile homes areas making it difficult to find him in extremely foggy conditions.
At 11:25am, deputies spotted Hymes running towards La. Hwy 494 in Natchez wearing only blue underwear with no shirt or shoes on.
A perimeter was set. Deputies, K-9s and law enforcement on horseback began to focus on that area.
At 11:40am, Hymes was captured and taken into custody without injuries.
DaJohn Hymes, 25, of the 300 block of Winnona Street, Natchitoches, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Domestic Abuse Battery, False Imprisonment, 2-counts of Resisting an Officer, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and being a Fugitive from Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Hymes remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond and transfer to Caddo Parish.
Hymes has prior arrests in Caddo, Red River, Sabine and Natchitoches Parishes.
Update: This morning rumors circulating in the Natchez area revolved around the female victim being pregnant and that she had lost her baby as a result of the domestic abuse. We have talked with the victim she has followed up with her physician as instructed and she reports that she and her baby are fine.