A January 25 incident on Ben’s Ford Road in Washington Parish led to the arrest of three individuals and a Most Wanted status for a fourth man.
After being listed as Most Wanted on the Sheriff’s Office website and in media publications and broadcasts, Etric Peterson, 32, turned himself in at the Bogalusa Police Department on the evening of January 26. Peterson stated that pressure from the publicity was too much for him and that he felt it best to surrender to law enforcement. After being held in the Bogalusa City Jail for two nights, he was transported to the Washington Parish Jail on January 28th.
Peterson is being held in the parish jail on two counts of Distribution of Schedule I Drugs and one count of Possession With Intent to Distribute the two pounds of marijuana that was discovered in his residence when detectives executed the search warrant on January 25. Bond has not been set on Peterson at this time. The investigation into the incident of January 25 continues and it is expected that more charges will be forthcoming for Peterson.
A total of four arrests have been made in the January 25 incident which began with reports of shots fired on the Ben’s Ford Road. All four remain in the Washington Parish Jail with bonds set at $111,000 for Norwood Lacrosse, $16,000 for Joseph Anthony Peoples and $6,500 for Eron Williams.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the publicity which prompted Etric Peterson to turn himself in. “This is a great example of the partnership between the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and area media outlets. Publicity generated through newspaper articles, television broadcasts and website postings always put pressure on a wanted person. We appreciate the relationship with have with our media friends.”
Sheriff Seal continued, “Peterson made the right decision by turning himself in. He realized that we would have caught him eventually.”