Demarion Simmons

Demarion Simmons

A 16-year-old who is believed to be the ringleader of a gang that went on a car burglary and theft spree Christmas weekend is now in custody.

A joint effort between the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office and New Roads Police Department led to the arrest of Demarion Simmons on Saturday.

The arrest capped a search that began after Simmons and two alleged gang members – also in custody – stole two cars within 29 minutes, according to Sheriff Rene Thibodeaux.

The Christmas weekend chase extended from the Livonia/Rougon area into Ventress.

Simmons is in custody at a juvenile detention facility in St. Martinville.

He had escaped from the Bridge City Center in New Orleans on Nov. 21. He then fled from a facility in Bunkie on Dec. 11.

Simmons had been in custody for burglaries.

He was taken into custody at 1:46 p.m.

The arrest was made after the Sheriff’s Office received several tips, which led deputies and police officers to look for Simmons in the New Roads area around Singletary Street, according to Thibodeaux.

Simmons was seen at a house on St. Ann Street, then ran to 1408 Pennsylvania St., where he was captured.

“I want to thank my deputies and detectives for their continuous work on this investigation,” Thibodeaux said. “I also want to thank the New Roads police officers, Louisiana State Police Task Force and Crime Stoppers for their help.”