SATSUMA — A man accused of scamming a Satsuma resident out of a truck and a large amount of cash has been arrested in Nashville, Tenn., a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Sheriff’s detectives believe Johnny Hickman, 55, unknown address, and Vicki Garces, 50, 31004 Golden Rod St., Denham Springs, conspired Sept. 2 to take the Satsuma resident’s vehicle and money with a bogus promise of delivering construction equipment the couple claimed was housed out of state, spokeswoman Lori Steele said in a news release Wednesday.
The couple attempted to take additional money from the victim by lying about vehicle troubles, Steele said.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Auto Theft Division helped locate and arrest Garces on Sept. 5, but she refused to reveal Hickman’s whereabouts, Steele said.
Investigators received information Monday that Hickman may be in the Nashville area, and with help from the Nashville Metro Police Department, found and arrested him Tuesday, Steele said. Authorities also recovered the stolen vehicle.
Hickman was being held in Tennessee on counts of assault of an officer, theft of property and being a fugitive from justice, Steele said.
He was wanted in Alabama, Arizona and Florida, she said.
Upon his extradition to Louisiana, Hickman will be booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on counts of theft by fraud and felony theft, Steele said.
His bail has been set at $1 million.
Garces remains in the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a count of theft by fraud.
Her bail has been set at $100,000, Steele said.