Sheriff James Pohlmann said the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office is trying to find Antoinette Jacobs, 40, of New Orleans, who is wanted for attempted murder of a sheriff’s deputy who was struck by a vehicle and dragged several feet outside a Chalmette store after a shoplifting on Nov. 12.
Anyone with information on Jacobs’ whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 and they could be eligible for a reward.
Jacobs, who has a felony conviction and numerous shoplifting arrests in her criminal history, was last seen driving a black Pontiac sedan bearing Louisiana license plate XXS964, Sheriff Pohlmann said.
A sheriff’s deputy who was working an off-duty paid detail at the Wal-Mart store at 8101 West Judge Perez Drive tried to stop Jacobs outside the store about 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 12 for investigation of shoplifting bottles of alcohol beverages.
But the suspect pulled away and ran to a car parked in the lot, which possibly had the motor running, the sheriff said.
As the deputy was trying to stop the suspect in the open driver’s side door, the suspect put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated. The officer was knocked to the ground and dragged several feet along side the vehicle, due to being pinned between the vehicle and the ground.
The suspect then placed the sedan into drive and fled the Wal-Mart parking lot, the sheriff said.
The deputy, whose name wasn’t released, was treated at a hospital for injuries and has been released.
The license plate number on the vehicle was obtained and Jacobs has been identified as the driver, Sheriff Pohlmann said, but she hasn’t been found.