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Walker PD: Additional arrest made in Shampine case

Walker PD: Additional arrest made in Shampine case

Author: Action News 17/Friday, December 19, 2014/Categories: Front Page, Crime

Walker Police, working with the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, and with the assistance of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, made an additional arrest Friday morning in the case involving Dennis Shampine. According to Walker Police Captain John Sharp, the arrest was made at approximately 9:30 am. “During the course of our investigation and efforts to locate Dennis Shampine, we stated our belief that Mr. Shampine was receiving assistance from one or more friends or family members,” Captain Sharp stated. “One person of particular interest was Mr. Shampine’s girlfriend, Charity Bailey (35) of Walker. As our investigation went forward, we were able to develop evidence that strongly indicated that Ms. Bailey was involved in the activities we were investigating.”

In an ironic twist, Bailey was a victim of one of the strong arm robberies committed by Shampine on September 10, 2014. That offense started an intensive manhunt for Shampine in the Walker area and in the Frenchtown Road Conservation area that continued for approximately four weeks. During that time, when asked about Shampine’s ability to elude capture, Walker Police said several times that they believed Shampine was receiving outside assistance. “The sightings of Mr. Shampine in September and October suggested that he was receiving fresh clothing, food and other items from someone,” explained Captain Sharp. “Our Officers questioned Ms. Bailey several times concerning her contacts with Mr. Shampine following the commencement of the manhunt, but she steadfastly denied having any contact with him.”

Following the lengthy search for Shampine on October 10th involving law enforcement agencies including Walker Police, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, Denham Springs Police Department, LPSO, LSP and Baton Rouge Police helicopters, K-9 teams and a chase team from DCI Correctional Institute, Walker Police sought the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force to help them locate Shampine. Shampine was ultimately arrested in Beaumont, Texas, after he allegedly committed a strong arm robbery against a co-worker.

“After becoming involved in the search for Mr. Shampine, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force interviewed Ms. Bailey several times, concerning Mr. Shampine’s location. However, she continued to deny any contact with him,” said Captain Sharp. “When Mr. Shampine was arrested in Beaumont Texas on December 6th, we learned that he had been living and working in Beaumont since mid October, that he had been regularly sending money to Ms. Bailey and that Ms. Bailey visited him in Beaumont on one or more occasions.”

Upon learning that Bailey had knowledge Shampine’s whereabouts and that she had failed to disclose to authorities where Shampine could be located and taken into custody, Walker Police obtained a warrant for Bailey’s arrest on charges of Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact, both of which are felonies. However, when Walker Police went to Bailey’s last known address to take her into custody, they learned that she was believed to have fled the area. Dealing with yet another fugitive, Walker Police again called upon the resources of the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force. “We have a great deal of confidence dealing with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force,” Captain Sharp explained. “Their agency has significant resources at their disposal and there is nobody better at locating someone who does not want to be found.”

“Over the last couple of weeks, we received various conflicting reports concerning Ms. Bailey’s whereabouts, the most credible of which were that she was in the Walker area or in Austin Texas where some of her relatives reside,” Captain Sharp said. “We decided to check the known addresses we had for her in the Walker area before commencing the search in Austin, so before daylight this morning, Walker Police, representatives from the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office assembled a team and conducted several early morning visits to the local locations of which we were aware.”

After finding that Bailey was not at any of the locations in the area, the Austin, Texas office of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force was contacted and dispatched to an address in a suburb of Austin where the group believed Bailey was located. “One of the benefits of working with the Marshal’s is that they are a nationwide law enforcement agency,” Captain Sharp explained. “If the Baton Rouge Office needs assistance in another area, a phone call is made to the out of area office and the needed assistance is quickly on the way.” Such a call was made to the Austin Office at approximately 7:30 am and Deputy Marshals were asked to check an address where Bailey was thought to be staying. While the Deputy Marshals in Austin were heading to the address they were given, the Baton Rouge task force worked to confirm Bailey’s presence at the address. Once the Austin Deputy Marshals were in place, and confirmation had been made that Bailey was, in fact, at the Austin location as believed, the Austin Deputy Marshals made entry into the location. There, Bailey was quickly located and taken into custody.

“We received confirmation at approximately 9:45 am that Ms. Bailey had been found and taken into custody, without incident,” said Captain Sharp. “Once she is processed in Austin, she will be returned to Livingston Parish where she will be booked on our outstanding warrants for Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact. In addition, it is very possible that federal charges will be brought against Ms. Bailey, arising out of her flight to avoid prosecution.”

“We are gratified that Ms. Bailey has now been apprehended and will be required to face the charges against her,” Captain Sharp stated. “The search for, and ultimate arrest of Mr. Shampine extended over a much longer period than would have been the case had Ms. Bailey simply followed the law and let us know where Mr. Shampine could be found. We went to great lengths to explain to her the importance of bringing the search for Mr. Shampine to a speedy conclusion and the penalty for protecting him from being located. Despite her knowledge and understanding of these matters however, she elected to shelter a known fugitive. She will now have to face the consequences of her actions.”

Walker Police acknowledged the efforts and hard work of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Office. “In law enforcement, it is clear that much can be achieved when the resources available to participating agencies come together as a team,” said Captain Sharp. “We want to thank the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force for everything they did to locate and arrest Ms. Bailey, and as always, our gratitude and appreciation go out to our Sheriff’s Office for the assistance they provided.”

As the case winds down, Sharp would not rule out the possibility of more arrests. “The facts and evidence in this matter suggest that Mr. Shampine may have had help from people other than Ms. Bailey,” Sharp stated. “In addition, Ms. Bailey’s decision to flee the State to avoid prosecution exposes anyone who may have helped her to arrest for Obstruction of Justice. Our message should be clear. If you decide to help someone avoid arrest when you know that person is wanted by police, you will be arrested. Our Community is entitled to that justice.”


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