Two Fugitives Captured in Louisiana by Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshall Fugitive Task Force

By Liora Hawthorne
Published August 02, 2023

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Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana – Two fugitives were captured in Louisiana on August 1, 2023, by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshall Fugitive Task Force.

The Sheriff’s Office of Avoyelles Parish (APSO) and the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force were jointly engaged in the active search and arrest attempt of a 49-year-old man, David W. Simpson II, residing n Ellis Mills Road, Hessmer, Louisiana.

The investigation conducted by APSO divulged on Friday, July 21, 2023, that Simpson II was arrested suspected of:

False Imprisonment (Felony)Domestic Abuse Battery by Strangulation (Felony)Aggravated Battery (Felony)First-Degree Rape (Felony)Second Degree Sexual Battery (Felony).

Detectives from APSO got intel and relayed it to the U.S. Marshals Task Force. Using this intel along with further inquiries, and after following the fugitive for several days, U.S. Marshals apprehended Simpson II in Hessmer, LA, this morning. Simpson II was arrested and booked into the APSO DC-1 on the previously stated charges. Furthermore, Simpson II was booked for the subsequent offenses as well:

Two counts of Contempt of Court Failure to Appear Arrest Warrants – Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms (Avoyelles Parish)

Domestic Abuse Battery (Concordia Parish Arrest Warrant)

A wanted fugitive, Nikki Lynn Bryant, age 43, was discovered in the presence of David Simpson II. Bryant was on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office’s (MCSO) wanted list in Texas, for Failure to Appear in court due to charges of Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances, a first-degree Felony 1. The MCSO now aims to send Bryant back to Texas to answer these charges. Additionally, she was booked and processed at the APSO DC-1.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat of Avoyelles Parish expressed his gratitude to the U.S. Marshals Task Force for their help and collaboration with the APSO in apprehending these fugitives.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.