Wanted man featured on Vermilion Parish Crime Stoppers captured

A Kaplan man wanted by the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office turned himself in to deputies on Monday after barricading himself inside a home.

According to VPSO, on February 7, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO) received credible information about the whereabouts of Kaplan’s 31-year-old Christopher Simon.

Simon was wanted on multiple felony charges of home invasion, simple burglary, theft, domestic abuse-strangulation and contempt of court.

Simon recently participated in a segment of Vermilion Parish Crime Stoppers.

Patrol deputies responded to W. 5th Street at Kaplan in order to serve warrants on Simon. Upon arrival, the VPSO deputy tried to get in touch with Simon and he allegedly barricaded himself inside the house.

The VPSO Special Response Team (SRT) was deployed to the home and, after negotiations, Simon surrendered peacefully. He was taken into custody without incident, according to deputies.

“Our Crime Stoppers program is beginning to demonstrate its value as we feature both crime and fugitives on local television for our viewers here at Vermilion Parish. We are thrilled with this and implore our viewers to promote our Stoppers program to the crime to their friends, families and neighbours,” said Director Eddie Langlinais. “It’s a great example of how things can work when people and law enforcement agencies come together for the most great good, because the safety of our loved ones and our communities matters most. Together we can make a difference.”

The VPSO SRT, VPSO Patrol Division, VPSO Warrants Division as well as the Kaplan Police Department were involved in the arrest.

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