U.S. Marshals Nab Fugitive At The Barber, Another At The Beach
March 29, 2012
U.S. Marshals nabbed two fugitives in Escambia County Wednesday — a Mississippi home invasion suspect getting a haircut and a Louisiana escapee on the beach
A fugitive wanted by law enforcement in Mississippi was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Escambia County Wednesday afternoon while seated in a barber’s chair getting a haircut. The Task Force started working this case over a week ago when they received information from Oxford City Police Department in Mississippi that Richard OKelley was believed to be in the Pensacola area.
At about 3 p.m. Wednesday the Task Force and along with Escambia Patrol and their TAC Unit caught up with OKelley at a barber shop in the New Warrington area. OKelley, 28, was wanted by the Oxford Police for armed robbery of a residence with a gun and aggravated assault.
The warrant for his arrest was issued in Oxford on March 6 of this year. Reports from Oxford indicated that OKelley along with another person took part in a home invasion and shot the homeowner. A struggle then ensued with the homeowner and the other robber when his gun went off and shot OKelley. When the Task Force found OKelley one of his calves had what appeared to be a bullet wound.
OKelley was transported to the Escambia County Jail where he will be arraigned before an Escambia County judge on Thursday before ever being extradited back to Mississippi.
A man who escaped from authorities in Louisiana Tuesday morning was caught by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola and Escambia Patrol deputies in the parking lot of Casino Beach around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Shawn Jolivette had walked away from a jail road crew work detail at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. Task Force Officers from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Offices and agents from FDLE converged on Jolivette when he stepped outside of a business and was walked out into the parking lot.
The 33-year old Jolivette was arrested without incident; however a stolen vehicle from Lafayette was recovered from the parking lot that had a loaded 9mm handgun under the front seat. At the time of his arrest, Jolivette was only charged with the car theft and not the gun. Escambia Crime Scene Unit on scene seized the weapon for further processing. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were also notified and are looking into pursuing charges against Jolivette for a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
At the time of his escape, Jolivette was incarcerated at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail in in Louisiana on several state charges of parole violation. There were also federal detainers lodged against Jolivette on federal firearms charges of which he had already been sentenced to 63 months in jail. It is unsure how Jolivette was assigned to a work detail while there was were federal detainers on him. Jolivette will remain in Escambia County Jail to face the local charges before being sent back to Louisiana.