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Former Natchitoches police officer in Caddo jail

Former Natchitoches police officer Robert Barthelemy checked into the Caddo Correctional Center Wednesday afternoon
Former Natchitoches police officer Robert Barthelemy checked into the Caddo Correctional Center Wednesday afternoon as the wheels of the murder case against him continue to roll forward in Sabine Parish. Caddo officials say they have not been told the duration of Barthelemy's visit.

Barthelemy, accused of home invasion and kidnapping in the abduction of Tony Procell, 25 of Many, was transferred to CCC from the Sabine Parish Dentention Center, where he has been held since August 22. In CCC, the former police officer can be isolated from other prisoners.

The kidnapping took place around 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, but authorities only became aware of it after surveillance video recorded by Procell's roommate. In that video, Barthelemy allegedly removed Procell from the home at gunpoint, according to Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson.

The two men knew each other, having served in the same National Guard Unit.

Barthelemy was apprehended around 4 a,m, Wednesday, August 22, in Desoto Parish, after he led several law-enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase, followed by a two-hour standoff on Highway 177. He was booked into the Desoto Parish Jail, but was transferred to the Sabine Detention Center later that day.

Remains thought to be those of Procell were found in a shallow grave in Winn Parish Sunday afternoon. Following positive identification of the body, a Sabine Parish grand jury is expected to consider evidence compiled against Barthelemy within the next several days.



 
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