St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have obtained arrest warrants for James Robert Martin (Forrest County Community Work Center – DOB: 1/9/1990) and David Bass (Forrest County Community Work Center – DOB: 11/10/1985), both of whom escaped Saturday from a work release facility in Forrest County, Mississippi.
Martin and Bass are accused of killing a 95 year old Lamar County (MS) woman after their escape and stealing her car. It is now known the two used the car to travel to the Slidell area. Tuesday morning, the men burglarized two homes in the 39000 block of Kisatchie Drive (near Gause Blvd. and I-10) stealing a .357 magnum handgun and $600 in cash.
Martin and Bass abandoned the car in the Pearl River area and took a taxi cab to New Orleans. They were arrested yesterday evening in a French Quarter bar by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force.
Both men have admitted to committing the St. Tammany burglaries.
Before their arrest in New Orleans, St. Tammany deputies were canvassing the area of the burglaries and encountered a man driving a vehicle with no license plate. The driver of the car was in possession of a handgun similar to the one stolen in one of the burglaries. During questioning by St. Tammany detectives, it was determined that the man was not responsible for the burglaries; however, he did admit that he attempted to rob a bank in Slidell last week. Slidell Police were notified and the man was transported to the Sheriff’s Slidell complex, where he was interviewed by Slidell Police detectives as well.
Martin and Bass are being held in the Orleans Parish Prison and are expected to be extradited to Mississippi to face the murder charges. The St. Tammany District Attorney’s office will work with Mississippi authorities to determine a future course of action with the St. Tammany arrest warrants.