Deputies search for man who fled while being questioned

William David Jenkins
William David Jenkins

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in locating an Amite man wanted on numerous outstanding warrants, including felony drug charges and battery on a police officer.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped and questioned William David Jenkins, 47, Amite, about 10 p.m. Monday after finding him riding a bicycle southbound on Sycamore Street, Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a news release.

Jenkins appeared nervous and could not explain why he was in the area, Edwards said.

Deputies found a metal pipe containing suspected cocaine residue in Jenkins’ front pocket and a small envelope of cash, the sheriff said.

As the deputies tried to detain Jenkins, he allegedly became violently aggressive and fled on foot into a nearby wooded area, Edwards said.

Jenkins is wanted on 10 active warrants, Edwards said.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jenkins is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (800) 554-5245.