Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter announced a reward is being offered for information on a carjacking last week. Officials are also asking for information on the whereabouts of Ricky Poindexter Jr. (22, B/M) of Raceland after he was found driving the vehicle stolen during the carjacking.
On the night of Thursday, January 22, deputies with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a carjacking which occurred near the intersection of LA Highway 311 and Polk Street in Houma. Deputies learned three black male subjects had allegedly stolen a white sport-utility vehicle at gunpoint and fled the scene.
Then, on the morning of Saturday, January 24, deputies with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the same white sport-utility vehicle on St. Louis Street in Raceland. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Ricky Poindexter Jr., ignored deputies and continued on, eventually jumping out of the vehicle at St. Phillip Street. The vehicle then crashed into two mailboxes and a parked car. Poindexter fled the area on foot, jumping several fences, and at one point, he ran through a residence without permission. While fleeing, Poindexter dropped a handgun which deputies recovered. Poindexter eventually entered the passenger side of a maroon car which then headed towards LA Highway 1 and left the area. Deputies later located the car and its owner but could not locate Poindexter at that time.
Ricky Poindexter Jr. is now wanted in Lafourche Parish for several crimes related to the incident, including Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Possession of Stolen Property, Illegal Carrying of a Firearm, and three counts of Simple Criminal Damage to Property. He is also wanted for questioning related to the carjacking incident in Terrebonne Parish.
Investigators are seeking information on Poindexter’s whereabouts as well as the carjacking in Houma. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, or text the keyword “GIVEATIP” along with the information to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.
**UPDATE**: Ricky Poindexter turned himself in on January 29, 2015, at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.