Two arrested, accused in four-wheeler theft

Marcus Faulk
Marcus Faulk

Lafayette Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects who allegedly stole an ATV, crashed their vehicle and fled from a deputy on foot Wednesday near four schools that were locked down, authorities said.

Arrested were Marcus Faulk, 18, and a 13-year-old boy whose identity was not released by the Sheriff’s Office.

The two are accused of stealing an all-terrain vehicle from a west Lafayette Parish residence Wednesday morning.

They were caught by a neighbor but fled from the scene, then crashed as they fled a pursuing deputy, Capt. Kip Judice said in a news release.

After crashing in the 1000 block of Golden Grain Road, they ran away and stayed hidden for hours while a squad of deputies searched.

Faulk and the juvenile were eventually caught on Hog Alley Road at around 5:15 p.m., about nine hours after they crashed, Judice said.

Sheriff’s officials alerted four area schools about the fugitives, issuing shelter-in-place orders at three Lafayette Parish schools and one in Vermilion, Judice said.

Faulk and the teenager were arrested on counts of felony theft and resisting an officer.

Faulk also is being held on one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

More than 30 deputies, the Sheriff’s Office canine unit, members of the sheriff’s Air Support and investigators searched for the pair, Judice said.