BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A wanted fugitive is in custody Thursday night on accusations of holding several Baton Rouge residents hostage in their home and engaging in a standoff with deputies.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said the incident unfolded around 2 p.m. at an apartment in the 500 block of Gardere Lane.
An official report says agents with a Bail Bondsman company called Fugitive Recovery went to the residence to apprehend Kevin Carlin Jr., 33, of Baton Rouge.
According to EBRSO, Carlin was a wanted suspect out of Beauregard Parish.
Deputies said when the Bail Bondsman agents knocked on the apartment door and identified themselves, Carlin responded by firing a weapon several times. One of the agents claimed they saw Carlin carrying a small, rifle-style firearm.
Carlin then allegedly broke into a neighboring apartment through a window and held five residents at gunpoint, refusing to let them leave. Deputies said the residents were adults and children in the apartment.
After about 30 minutes, detectives say Carlin allowed four of the hostages to leave. The final victim managed to escape about 15 minutes later, detectives say.
According to EBRSO, Carlin allegedly barricaded himself in the apartment for hours. In the meantime, detectives obtained a search warrant and collaborated with EBRSO SWAT as well as the Negotiation Team.
Detectives set up a perimeter around the building and communicated with Carlin by phone.
As of 6:55 p.m., Carlin was out of the residence and in EBRSO custody.
Authorities say Carlin will likely face attempted second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, and five counts of an offender armed with a dangerous weapon.