Runaway Juvenile Investigation Leads to Simple Kidnapping Charge
Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported runaway juvenile from Ouachita Parish on July 27th, 2015. During the investigation, evidence was developed that indicated the juvenile was traveling with Tony A. Free, Jr., w/m age 22, of Downsville, LA. Information including descriptions of both the runaway and Free was disseminated to law enforcement agencies nationally. As a result, both subjects were located traveling together in Dothan, Alabama on July 28th, 2015. Free has been arrested in Alabama on the charge of Interfering with Child Custody, based on circumstances at the time of the arrest. A warrant on the charge of Simple Kidnapping has been issued by the Fourth Judicial District Court. A detainer for this warrant charge has been placed on the Free pending his release from Alabama authorities, at which time he will be arrested by Ouachita Parish Deputies. The juvenile has been returned to the custody of her family.