Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles said on Friday that the search continues for a fugitive that fled from deputies earlier in the week. Meanwhile, Rowles said that deputies were still working on recovering stolen items after the man went on a two-week crime spree in both Beauregard Parish and Newton County. In fact Rowles said the suspect burglarized a man’s house in DeRidder and, strangely, he stole all of the man’s clothes. That clothing was recovered on Friday.
Chief Deputy Cynthia Hall has identified the man as 39-year-old Michael Patrick Griffin, who is believed to have been living most recently in the Kirbyville area.
The series of events began over two weeks when Sheriff Rowles said the man assaulted another person in Newton County and an arrest warrant had already been obtained from that case. Additionally, Chief Deputy Hall said on Friday that Griffin is also wanted by Kirbyville Police for a crime in that city.
Rowles said the crime spree continued when the man stole a pickup truck and trailer from a home in Beauregard Parish.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Newton County deputies were called to a burglary in progress in the Sabine Sands Community, between Bon Wier and the Sabine River. Rowles said when the first officer arrived Griffin fled into the woods, but his highly intoxicated female accomplice was taken into custody.
It was there that deputies found the stolen truck and trailer.
Griffin has a significant criminal history here in Jasper County. His most recent arrest was in January of 2018 on a charge of burglary of a building. Griffin has also been under indictment by the Jasper County Grand Jury on an August 2017 charge of theft of property, and a July 2015 charge of burglary of a building.
Griffin is described as a white male who stands 5’11” and weighs only 110 pounds.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of 39-year-old Michael Patrick Griffin, you’re asked to contact any local law enforcement agency. You do not have to give your name.