John Michah Leblan
According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Violent Crimes Task Force Director, and Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Eddie Langlinais, on Sept. 22, 2022, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate and affect a felony arrest warrant for John Micah Leblanc, 43, for:
• Failure to Appear for Probation Revocation Hearing for Possession of Cocaine
• Failure to Appear for Trial for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Failure to Appear for Arraignment for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Probation and Parole Warrant
While Vermilion Parish Deputies approached Leblanc, he evaded arrest by entering a residence located on Thomas Street in Abbeville, Louisiana at which time barricading himself to prevent his capture.
The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) was deployed to the home where negotiations were started for a peaceful surrender.
With the assistance of Abbeville Police Department, Lafayette Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police, Leblanc was ultimately taken into custody in the early morning hours of September 23, 2022, without incident. “It’s always our goal that everyone is safe at the conclusion of an incident such as this. Law Enforcement as well as the suspect’s safety are our main priority”, Langlinais said.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon would like to thank all participating agencies who assisted in this peaceful resolution. Sheriff Couvillon said, “Again, this is a perfect example of how we can achieve a safe outcome when the citizens of Vermilion Parish and Law Enforcement work together.”