Louisiana fugitive caught in Houston

February 22, 2008 7:03:33 AM PST
A 27-year-old New Orleans area man on the run from police since jumping bail and fleeing his 2006 kidnapping trial has been arrested in Houston. Brandon Riggins was booked on narcotics charges in Houston on February 8th and faces extradition to Gretna, Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish. That's where state Judge Robert Pitre will sentence him to a life sentence in prison for his May 16th, 2006, conviction.

Riggins was convicted of kidnapping a Kenner man outside his home on April 15th, 2004. Four men, including Riggins, forced the victim into his car at gunpoint, taking his jewelry while driving him to New Orleans.

The victim refused to cooperate with demands that his family pay a ransom for his release, so his assailants forced him into the trunk of his car. He escaped in Metairie (MEH'-teh-ree), and his car was set ablaze in Kenner.

Of the four men involved in the kidnapping, one was never identified. Another, 23-year-old Marcus Williams of Kenner, was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery a month after Riggins fled and was sentenced to life in prison. The fourth suspect, 22-year-old James Converse was shot to death in Jefferson in May 2004.

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