K9 units used to catch work release program escapee

Work release escapee to be charged with attempted murder of a police officer

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Christopher Ricker, 35 was scheduled to be released from jail in October. (Source: TPSO) Christopher Ricker, 35 was scheduled to be released from jail in October. (Source: TPSO) Christopher Ricker, 35 was scheduled to be released from jail in October. (Source: TPSO) Christopher Ricker, 35 was scheduled to be released from jail in October. (Source: TPSO)
HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) -

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office has released more information about the capture of a man who escaped from a work release program and kidnapped and released an old girlfriend.

Deputies found Christopher Ricker late Friday, less than 48 hours after he disappeared from his job.

Investigators say around 4:15 p.m. on Friday someone called authorities saying they spotted Ricker along Hwy. 442 in Loranger.

Helicopters were deployed and Tangipahoa Parish and St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies zeroed in on Ricker and were able to arrest him about five hours later.

Ricker allegedly ran when authorities spotted him. Deputies released a K9 unit and eventually caught him. Ricker sustained some minor injuries. He is now in a New Orleans hospital.

Tangipahoa Parish deputies say he will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he tried to run an officer down while fleeing. He will also be charged with aggravated flight from a police officer and may face additional charges in St. Tammany Parish.

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