LAPLACE MAN ARRESTED FOR HUNTING DURING ILLEGAL HOURS

Release Date: 02/12/2005

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested Randy Walker, 40, of LaPlace for allegedly hunting during illegal hours, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest on Nov. 25.


Agents claim that at approximately 6:30 p.m. they observed Walker and a juvenile companion using a hand held flashlight and two air rifles to hunt small game on the river side of the Mississippi River levee near Hwy 44 in LaPlace. 


The agents stopped and disarmed the subjects and were in the process of issuing citations when Walker fled the scene.  The agents chased him on foot and a brief physical altercation ensued.  The agents were able to subdue Walker and place him under physical arrest.  He was later booked into the St. John Parish jail.


If convicted of hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours, Walker faces fines between $250 and $500, or six months in jail or both.  The penalty for contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a fine of $500, or six months in jail or both.  Resisting arrest carries a fine of $500, or six months in jail or both.


Agents involved in this case were Senior Agent Aron Hastings and Cadet Eddie Ridgel.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.