BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A member of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office was on patrol in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 6, when something caught their eye.

A person was seen “squatted down next to a garbage bin next to the roadway,” according to the affidavit.

That person was identified as Eric Palmer, 21, of Baton Rouge, and he was seen in the 12000 block of Perkins Rd.

When approached by a deputy, Palmer walked away “with two backpacks full of mail from various addresses throughout the parish,” according to the affidavit.

At that point, Palmer was considered a suspicious person and the deputy attempted to get the Baton Rouge man to stop.

Palmer was allegedly asked to stop six times before doing so and told the deputy, “You don’t have probable cause to stop me.”

After another EBRSO vehicle arrived at the scene, Palmer fled on foot.

Palmer was eventually caught and allegedly did not make it easy for deputies to arrest him.

“Due to the level of resistance, a one-second burst of Freeze Plus P 2K3 was applied to the accused facial area which had no effect,” according to the affidavit.

Palmer was arrested and charged with the crimes listed below:

  • Resisting an Officer
  • Theft

A search of the backpacks uncovered a large amount of mail and packages.

Those backpacks were turned over to ERBSO Larceny Detectives.

Further investigation found that those backpacks contained around “287 pieces of mail and several packages,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit further stated that “the mail and packages were addressed to numerous different people with numerous different addresses inside of East Baton Rouge Parish.”

One of the stolen packages was found to belong to someone who lived “less than half a mile” from where Palmer was taken into custody.

The Baton Rouge man was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday, December 6.

The 21-year-old remains behind bars on $5,500 bond.